Classical music has always been a huge part of my life and though I might not listen to it much anymore, it lives on in the music that I play. In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg was originally composed for a play and a part of Opus 23, but was extracted as the final piece of the Peer Gynt Suit no. 1.
The first thing we did was download the score. Jenny taught me how to read a score and we listened to it being played to practise this. Next, I had to figure out which parts I was going to include. To do this I had to listen to the piece some more and see which parts I could hear above the rest.
The more I looked at the score and listened to the piece, the deeper into the composer's mind I travelled. I could now see patterns appear, there was always the main melody playing while another deeper instrument kept a steady pulse or harmony.