Six Norwegian Dances for Symphony Orchestra
by Ivar Lunde, Jr.
The Six Norwegian Dances were written during Christmas of 1982 as a result of the composer's association with the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony, to whom the composition is dedicated.
The six contrasting movements are based on Norwegian folk music. The first four movements should sound rather familiar to American audiences since most of the melodies used can be located in collections of Scandinavian folk songs like the Son's of Norway Song Book. The last two movements are based on lesser known material. A sharp ear may recognize that Edward Grieg incorporated the same dances in his opus 72, Slåtter (Norwegian Peasant Dances), for the piano. All of the movements are rather rhapsodic in character, all written in a tonal environment.
The original titles have been retained with an English translation where possible.
This work is very suitable for community orchestras and advanced youth symphony orchestras.