What is this classical music piece?

Play this YouTube video and the piece begins about 15 seconds in. It’s a fairly well known piece, but I’m not well edumacated in classical music. (Not really educated in much of anything, really!)

Thanks much.


With a name like Moonchild you should be a natural Grieg fan, like Robert Fripp obviously is.

By far the lamest arrangement of it I’ve ever heard, but definitely Hall of the Mountain King, yeah.

When I was taking Russian in high school, I just couldn’t manage the word sotsialisticheskikh (as in Soyuz Sovetskikh Sotsialisticheskikh Respublik, SSSR=USSR) until I learned to hear it to the tune of the first 7 notes of the substantive portion of “In the Hall of the Mountain King.” Now whenever I hear that tune, I think:

*So-tsi-a-lis-tich-e-skikh, tich-e-skikh, tich-e-skikh,
So-tsi-a-lis-tich-e-skikh, Soy-uz So-ve-ts-kikh! *

ETA: Here’s a nice cover: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw0TikGmVz4. The part I mean starts at 48 seconds. Nice to hear screaming for a bit of program music.

Forgive my density, but why is that?

I like the performance of the Jerusalem Orchestra:


How come those guys aren’t all called for traveling? :frowning:

Since the OP’s question has been answered, I’ve got a similar question. I’ll ask here rather than starting a new thread.

There’s a commercial for Nike which shows several clips of (staged) (and at least partially computer generated, I think) football games in various kinds of weather. There’s a song being played during these clips which I recognize, but can not place. I like the song quite a bit. Anyone know what song it is?

(Found a copy of the ad in question here. The song starts playing a few seconds in.

It sounds like movie music to me. Is it from a movie?)


Actually I wouldn’t even all it an “arrangement” of it, so much as perhaps a “parody”. I’d say it’s one of those cases where they hire a composer to compose something that sounds almost exactly like a popular recording but altered enough to not have to pay royalties (see that a lot in commercials), only there obviously are no copyright restrictions involved here :confused:

Perhaps someone felt that, by altering the chromatic descent of the main theme of the original piece into a chromatic ascent, it would be more effective in emphasizing the basketball players’ flights upwards towards the basket, rather than the dunk itself…

…or maybe the conductor just had his score upside down by mistake.

Sounds like an arrangement of a traditional Irish folk melody. They tend to all sound the same to me.

It’s from the 1992 version of “Last of the Mohicans.”

It has the same effect on me as someone scraping their fingernails down a blackboard. :frowning: