Sheet Music: Norwegian Dance No. 2

TitleNorwegian Dance No. 2
from 4 Norwegian Dances
Opus numberOp. 35, No. 2
ComposerEdvard Grieg (1843–1907)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyA major
RangeD4–A6
Time signature2/4
Tempo76 BPM
Performance time1:55
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-07-26
Last updated2011-07-26
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Tuesday 26 July 2011

Tune of the Day: Norwegian Dance No. 2

by Edvard Grieg, arranged for flute and piano

Grieg's four Norwegian Dances are now probably best known as orchestrated by Czech conductor Hans Sitt, but they began as music for piano four-hands. As is the case of its three companions, the second dance is drawn from Ludvig Mathias Lindeman's Mountain Melodies, Old and New. It's a halling, or reel; a playful melody, which Grieg sets in A major, repeating it with a different accompaniment. Then the piece lurches into F-sharp minor for a stormy middle section of Grieg's own invention, based on the last four bars of the main melody. After this brief interruption, the dance concludes with a repeat of the first section.

Thanks to Sigrid from Norway for suggesting this piece!