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Edvard Hagerup Grieg (15 June 1843 – 4 September 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist who composed in the romantic period. He is best known for his Piano Concerto in A minor, for his incidental music to Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt (which includes In the Hall of the Mountain King), and for his Lyric Pieces for the piano.
Grieg's music in popular culture
Morning Mood was a favorite of Carl Stalling who often used it for morning establishing shots in Warner Bros.. cartoons. It is now typically associated with Nordic scenes; however, it was meant to depict sunrise over the Sahara Desert.
In the Hall of the Mountain King was famously used in the 1931 film M, in which Peter Lorre's character, a serial killer who preys on children, whistles it. The piece has also seen extensive use in movies and commercials, usually in accordance with a dramatic and fantastic event. Famous British rock band The Who also used Grieg's music from In the Hall of the Mountain King for their song Hall of the Mountain King from their 1967 album The Who Sell Out. Hall of the Mountain King is also played by Finnish cello rock band Apocalyptica in album Cult (2000). It also can be heard extensively on Rick Wakeman's (keyboardist with British rock group Yes) album Journey to the Centre of the Earth. The first movement of Grieg's Piano Concerto is used in Adrian Lyne's 1997 film Lolita. Another piece from Peer Gynt, "Anitra's Dance", serves as background music for Quest for Glory IV. "Peer Gynt" also served as a basis for the theme of the Inspector Gadget animated series.
The UK theme park Alton Towers has used the song "In the Hall of the Mountain King" in many of their adverts over the last 15 years and is often played on speakers at the entrance to the park, on the monorail, on the skyride and is used as music in the introductory video played in the Monorail queue line. The company ThemedMusic.com recorded a version of the song as if it were performed by cave men to be used in the new Ug-Land area of the park in 2000.
A musical, Song of Norway, based very loosely on Grieg's life and using his music, was created in 1944 by Robert Wright and George Forrest, and filmed in 1970.
The 1957 movie musical The Pied Piper of Hamelin used almost exclusively music composed by Edvard Greig.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s Nabisco, an American baked snacks company, featured the song "In The Hall Of The Mountain King" on many of their commercials.
The U.S. metal group Kamelot used Solvejg's Song theme in "Forever", from its album Karma.
The Norwegian metal group Midnattsol also used Solvejg's Song theme in their song "Tapt Av Håp".
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 5, episode 2, uses a prelude from Holberg Suite資料來源： wikipedia