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Fanitullen [Devil's Dance] (solo violin)

from Fossegrimen, Op. 21

Composer
Johan Halvorsen
Year of composition
1904
Year of arrangement
2017
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
2 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Solo instruments
Instrumental parts
Not available

The "fanitul" is, according to Norwegian legends, a savage dance played by the devil and which he taught to village musicians. During country weddings, inevitably fights break out when the tones of these diabolical tunes sound.

In Scandinavian folklore, the fossegrim, also known simply as the grim (Norwegian) or Strömkarlen (Swedish), is a water spirit or troll who plays the fiddle, especially the Hardanger fiddle, and can be induced to teach the skill.

Johan Halvorsen (15 March 1864 – 4 December 1935) was a Norwegian composer, conductor and violinist.

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