Sheet Music: Anitra's Dance

TitleAnitra's Dance
from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Alternate titlesAnitras Tanz
Anitras dans
La danse d'Anitra
Opus numberOp. 46
ComposerEdvard Grieg (1843–1907)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyA minor
Time signature3/4
Tempo160 BPM
Performance time3:15
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-07-09
Last updated2010-07-09
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Friday 9 July 2010

Tune of the Day: Anitra's Dance

from “Peer Gynt” by Edvard Grieg

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. The composer wrote: “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 all subjects to music. It all hangs over me like a nightmare”. Nevertheless, the result was a triumph.

The fourth act is set on the north coast of Africa, where Peer Gynt meets a Bedouin chief in the heat of the desert. He falls for the chief's daughter, Anitra, who dances enticingly for him.

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Morning Mood Flute & Piano
2.Aase's Death Flute solo
3.Anitra's Dance Flute & Piano
4.In the Hall of the Mountain King Flute solo