Anitra's Dance

Composer: Edvard Grieg
Arranger: Øystein Baadsvik
Durata: 4 min
Recorded by Baadsvik on CD: Tuba carnival
Year: 1874
Arrangements available in the following instrumentations:
Tuba and piano, Tuba and string orchestra
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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.

Sound and video with Baadsvik playing Grieg – Anitra’s Dance:

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