Fanitullen [Devil's Dance] (solo violin)
from Fossegrimen, Op. 21
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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