Anitra’s Dance is part of the music to Henrik Ibsen’s drama Peer Gynt – one of the most ambitious, but also one of the most troublesome tasks that Grieg ever undertook. ‘You don’t believe, do you, that I had any choice in the matter? I was asked by Ibsen in spring, and of course I rebelled at the thought of setting this must unmusical of subjects to music. It all hans over me like a nightmare’, the composer wrote to his friend Bjørn- stjerne Bjørnsson in October 1874. Nevertheless, the result was a triumph. The fourth act is set on the north coast of Africa, where Peer meets a Bedouin chief in the heat of the desert. He falls for the chief’s daughter, Anitra, who dances enticingly for him. This arrangement was first recorded on Baadsvik CD1285, Tuba Carnival.