The Story Orchestra: In the Hall of the Mountain King (Sound Book)

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The Story Orchestra: In the Hall of the Mountain King (Sound Book)
Illustrated by Jessica Courtney Tickle

Discover the spellbinding magic of the Mountain King in this musical retelling of Peer Gynt. Push the button on each beautiful scene to hear the vivid sound of an orchestra playing from Edvard Grieg’s score.

This tale of a child’s adventure through the valleys and mountains of the Norwegian countryside begins at a wedding feast far, far away. Peer Gynt is bored and he’s longing for adventure. After sneaking off from the party he finds himself at a peaceful lake where he meets some dairy people. When he lies about his escapades riding reindeers through the sky, they dare him to go to the lair of the Mountain King, the king of the trolls.

The king’s halls are dark and spooky, and it isn’t long before Peer is captured. How will he escape? And will he learn the importance of humility and the value of friends?

As you and your little one journey through the magical scenes, you will press the buttons to hear 10 excerpts from the score. At the back of the book, find a short biography of the composer with details about his composition of Peer Gynt. Next to this, you can replay the musical excerpts and, for each of them, read a discussion of the instruments, rhythms and musical techniques that make them so powerful. A glossary defines musical terms.

The Story Orchestra series brings classical music to life for children through gorgeously illustrated retellings of classic ballet, opera and program music stories paired with 10-second sound clips of orchestras playing from their musical scores.

  • Sound book: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books; illustrated edition (October 25, 2022)
  • Ages: 5-8 years
  • Dimensions: 12.25” W x 10.8” H


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Music Notes

Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.

 

 

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