And Now, A Musical Interlude

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5 Responses to And Now, A Musical Interlude

  1. Well I guess Yackity Sax would be a little hard to perform on a tuba 🙂


  2. Big Bad Bald Bastard says:

    Should have played ‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’.


  3. C Montgomery Burns says:

    It took years of waiting but all those sleepless nights of practicing for the high school band finally paid off.

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  4. Pupienus Maximus says:

    cartoon music

    Well, yeah, but there’s much more to it than that. That tuba player knows shit. From wiki:

    The piece is played as the title character Peer Gynt, in a dream-like fantasy, enters “Dovregubben (the troll Mountain King)’s hall”. The scene’s introduction continues: “There is a great crowd of troll courtiers, gnomes and goblins. Dovregubben sits on his throne, with crown and sceptre, surrounded by his children and relatives. Peer Gynt stands before him.


    Grieg himself wrote “For the Hall of the Mountain King I have written something that so reeks of cowpats, ultra-Norwegianism, and ‘to-thyself-be-enough-ness’ that I can’t bear to hear it, though I hope that the irony will make itself felt.”[2] The theme of “to thyself be… enough” – avoiding the commitment implicit in the phrase “To thine own self be true” and just doing enough – is central to Peer Gynt’s satire, […]

    The lyrics:

    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!

    But wait, there’s more!

    D. W. Griffith used it to build up to the Union attack on Atlanta in The Birth of a Nation.

    “In the Hall of the Mountain King” plays a major plot point in Fritz Lang’s early sound film M. Peter Lorre’s character of child killer Hans Beckert whistles the tune whenever he is overcome with the urge to commit murder.

    And of course we all know about Wagner’s anti-Semitism.


    • MDavis says:

      Ultra-Norwegianism? Oh, here is the google saying that Peer Gynt was written by a Norwegian, so that makes a bit more sense.
      I thought that ultra-Norwegianism would have gotten kicked in the nuts by that whole ‘Norway taken over by Nazis’ thing. I am still not sure how much the Swede jokes from my youth (dad was an ass, so he told some) were due to Sweden being ‘neutral’ at that time.


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