This famous classical piece was composed by Edvard Grieg as part of the play “Peer Gynt,” and is played as the title character, Peer Gynt, in a dream-like fantasy, enters the troll Mountain King’s hall to face a great crowd of troll courtiers, gnomes, and goblins. The Mountain King sits on his throne, with crown and sceptre, surrounded by his children and relatives. Peer Gynt stands before him. There is a tremendous uproar in the hall and these lyrics are heard:
Slay him! The Christian man’s son has seduced the fairest maid of the Mountain King! Slay him! Slay him!
May I hack him on the fingers? May I tug him by the hair? Hu, hey, let me bite him in the haunches! Shall he be boiled into broth and bree to me
Shall he roast on a spit or be browned in a stewpan? Ice to your blood, friends!
This arrangement for piano solo presents the theme of Grieg’s piece in a tango setting that is creative, fun, and much more accessible to the intermediate pianist. 5 pages.
Included in the "Piano Remixes: Classics" Vol. 2 intermediate songbook.