Tune of the Day: Norwegian Dance No. 2
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!