"In the Hall of the Mountain King" (Norwegian: I
Dovregubbens hall) is a piece of orchestral music
composed by Edvard Grieg in 1875 as incidental music
for the sixth scene of act 2 in Henrik Ibsen's 1867
play Peer Gynt. It was originally part of Opus 23 but
was later extracted as the final piece of Peer Gynt,
Suite No. 1, Op. 46. Its easily recognizable theme has
helped it attain iconic status in popular culture,
where it has been arranged by many artists (See Grieg's
music in popular culture).
The English translation of the name is not literal.
Dovre is a mountainous region in Norway, and "gubbe"
translates into (old) man or husband. "Gubbe" is used
along with its female counterpart "kjerring" to
differentiate male and female trolls, "trollgubbe" and
"trollkjerring". In the play, Dovregubben is a troll
king that Peer Gynt invents in a fantasy.
Although originally created for Orchestra, I created
this arrangement for Piano, Winds (Flute, Oboe, Bb
Clarinet, French Horn & Bassoon) & Strings (2 Violins,
Viola, Cello & Bass).