The songs of Grieg are part of a series of arrangements for a wide group of hornists-from developing players looking for a work for a festival performance-to the professional hornist searching for a lyrical character piece for a recital. This set also includes works by Beach, Cui, and Humperdinck. These arrangements are of moderate technical difficulty and are meant to test numerous aspects of horn playing outside of high playing. These songs by Grieg are the simplest in difficulty of this set of arrangements.
Grieg's Children's songs were picked to teach a student how to approach playing with a pianist. Not only is the horn melody always doubled in the piano, but the arrangements are also meant to be simple collaborations. The range of each piece keeps to a middle-low register so that any student, almost regardless of time put into the instrument, could begin working on one of the movements. The keys are simple, whether in sharp or flat keys.