Norwegian Dance No.2 arr. flute & piano

An arrangement for flute and piano of this charming character piece. This movement is in ABA ternary form with the A section playing back at a tempo of 68 quarter note beats to the minute in the realisation and the faster B section at 112 quarter note beats to the minute. The music has a regular 4 bar phrase structure and there are some chromatic elements in the writing. There is opportunity for some subtle changes in tempo particularly at the ends of sections and these feature in the realisations. The melodic and rhythmic shapes of the movement are both strong and although concisely written there is plenty of contrast. It is an excellent performance piece with the opening melodic shape having an almost teasing quality. There is always a spirited sense of movement in Grieg’s writing and the ranges of colour in his harmonic writing make his music eminently suitable to being played by many different combinations of instruments. Accompanying pianists have a number of different techniques that they can develop when playing this piece including legato, staccato, accents, tenuto, spread chords, crossing over of hands and using the sustaining and sostenuto pedal. Additionally, it is a very good piece for developing octave playing. The sustaining pedal needs to be used in the playing of the movement and many of the piano chords are played in a spread or arpeggiated pattern. Grieg lived at a time when there was much development in piano technique and the quality of pianos improved greatly during his lifetime with the introduction of iron framed instruments. The score detail relating to the use of the sustaining pedal possibly needs clarifying in that what is possibly required is not always indicated. Piano accompaniments are available with the following tempo options (1) 68/112/68 (2) 66/112/66 (3) 64/112/64. Numbers indicate the quarter note (crotchet) beats per minute for the ABA sections respectively.

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Norwegian Dance No.2 piano key of A (68/112 bpm 128kbps)
Norwegian Dance piano duet (66/108 bpm 256kbps)
Norwegian Dance piano duet (68/112 bpm 256kbps)
Norwegian Dance piano duet A (64/104 bpm 256kbps)