Anitra’s Dance

A vigorous but elegant arrangement of this perennial favourite.
Grieg, E
3 minutes



From the arranger: “Anitra’s Dance” is from the first Peer Gynt Suite, which Grieg extracted from his incidental music to Ibsen’s play. Apparently, Anitra was the slender daughter of a Bedouin and her dance was intended to be quite delicate, so although this arrangement is definitely energetic, it also needs to be elegant.

Whilst this may present a stylistic challenge for four saxophones, there are no particular technical difficulties here. Grieg was dissatisfied with his work, taking two years to complete it, and amending it up until the last minute. Needless to say, I didn’t agonise over my arrangement quite so long!

The E-Edition PDF bundle comes with the following parts:

Soprano Saxophone
Alto Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone

“Anitra’s Dance” is also available in hard-copy from June Emerson Wind Music.

2 reviews for Anitra’s Dance

  1. tom.saxtet

    This well-known tune from Peer Gynt makes a great quartet in this energetic yet elegant arrangement. (Grade 5-6)
    Music News, Wood Wind & Reed, May 2002

  2. cat trees

    “Anitra’s Dance” is a stunning piece of music that showcases the beauty and elegance of the saxophone. The arrangement by Saxtet Publications is masterful, bringing out the nuances and delicate dynamics of the piece. It’s a joy to listen to and would be a great addition to any saxophonist’s repertoire. The sheet music is also clear and easy to follow, making it accessible for players of all levels. Highly recommend giving this piece a listen!

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