Sheet Music: Gliding Dance of the Maidens

TitleGliding Dance of the Maidens
from Polovtsian Dances
Alternate titlesPolovtsian Dance with Chorus from Prince Igor
Stranger in Paradise
My Fantasy
ComposerAlexander Borodin (1833–1887)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA major
Time signature4/4
Tempo84 BPM
Performance time2:10
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-06-08
Last updated2010-06-08
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Tuesday 8 June 2010

Tune of the Day: Gliding Dance of the Maidens

from Alexander Borodin's “Polovtsian Dances”

The Polovtsian Dances constitute the best known selections from Alexander Borodin's 1890 opera Prince Igor. They were originally part of Act II, but they are now often played as a stand-alone concert piece.

Dance No. 17, titled “Polovtsian Dance with Chorus”, has become particularly famous. Most of its themes were incorporated into the 1953 musical Kismet, best known of which is the “Gliding Dance of the Maidens”, adapted for the song ”Stranger in Paradise”. The most popular version of this song was sung by Tony Bennett, and it reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in May 1955. Artie Shaw's “My Fantasy”, recorded in 1940, also has a tune virtually identical to this dance.