Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) spent the summe of 1881 in Lofthus, Hardanger. For the past year he had been the conductor of the ‘Harmonien’ orchestra in Bergen, and had been so absorbed by his work there that he had almost stopped composing. Now his inspiration returned, and before long he had composed his four Norwegian Dances. His starting point was Ludwig M. Lindeman’s important collection of folk melodies – and for the Norwegian Dance No.1 he chose melody No.302, although he treated the original with considerable freedom. Even though he composed the dances for piano four hands, the music seems to be crying out for orchestral sonority; Grieg himself tried to orchestrate the dances, but ultimately abandoned the attempt. Many others have since tried their luck, with varying degrees of success, and this is Øystein Baadsvik’s own transformation of the first dance for tuba and strings.