Free Classical Sheet Music
Egyptian Dance

Free classical sheet music, Egyptian Dance, arranged for elementary and beginner piano... now with a LEAD SHEET arrangement!

Free classical sheet music

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Except for the expanded chords in lines 1 and 5, it truly is a lead sheet.

Egyptian Dance, from the Bacchanale of "Samson and Delilah" by Saint-Saens, has a beautiful eastern-sounding melody.  It is likely quite different from the music your student usually plays - but if they've watched "The Mummy" or other movies set in desert countries, they have heard this evocative kind of sound.

Em? or E?

So the chord in this lead sheet isn't truly "Em..." The chord "E" would be more accurate, but my students only use an open chord when playing this piece anyway (see the full arrangements below).

How often to strike the chord?

Ordinarily, a lead sheet places the chord symbol over the appropriate measure, then no more chords are shown until it's time for a different chord.  Here, for beginner students, I've placed the left hand chord symbol each time the hand strikes.  I have found this works very well with piano students who are just venturing into lead sheets!

Take a look at a "helper" version.  This arrangement also has larger note heads, and some of them also have note names inside:

Egyptian Dance from Samson & Delilah, arranged for elementary piano

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Now add energy in the left hand:

Egyptian Dance for piano

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A mysterious sound, from the Orient

One of the things that make this free classical sheet music so mesmerizing is the lowered 2nd step of the scale that first occurs in measure 7.

After playing a bit of the melody for my piano student, I then play the pentatonic scale E-F-G#-A-B up and back down, lingering for a moment on the F before resolving onto the E again.  That is almost a "shiver" moment!

So much mystery is hinted at in this suggestive melody, that some students will almost catch their breath, eyes wide, as you play it for them.

A version without AlphaNotes

Here is the same music, but without the "helper" notes, and with a smaller size staff:

Egyptian Dance from Samson and Delilah by Saint-Saens for late elementary piano students

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Don't believe me about the "shiver" moment?  

Try it - there is something about that neither-major-nor-minor collection of notes that evokes faraway, mysterious lands... camel caravans, and desert sands. 

Engage students' imaginations

 Being carried off into the imagination is one of the reasons young kids desire to start music lessons in the first place!

So... having begun with easy open 5ths on page 1, the LH (left hand) then breaks away into a 5-1-5-1 pattern on page 2, which gives an exciting feeling of movement and urgency to the repeated melody.

Free classical sheet music Egyptian Dance, for piano.  Very easy.

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The biggest difficulty in this piece

Measures 9-12 seem problematical for some students... the timing throws them off.  I've found it's no good pressing on to page 2 until the rhythm of page 1 is thoroughly mastered.  

Use conducting gestures along with the power of your voice to HOLD or move the rhythm along; whatever it takes to make the rhythm feel natural to your student.

The first measure of line 2 always baffles students as well: What is finger FOUR doing there?  Lots of drawing of note names, and circling of finger numbers ensues.  That's why I finally made the HELPER version of this song with a few lettered notes.

Help students add mystery

Though I haven't put any expression markings in this classical sheet music, there's lots of room for nuance and passion! The pedal can add a mysterious flavor, but is easy to overdo when the LH is moving every beat.

I hope you and your elementary level students enjoy Saint-Saens' Egyptian Dance! 



The pdf links for the piano music:


Download lead sheet pdf of Saint-Saens music



Download Egyptian Dance with helper notes



Download free classical sheet music Egyptian Dance 


Check out more easy free songs with a reach of just 6 or 7 notes:


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Oh, How Lovely is the Evening - a round for singers, but also a pretty piano piece, with the addition of left hand chords.



Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - simple or even beautiful, depending on the accompaniment.  Very useful for learning chords & transposition.



Winds in the Willow - scale practice disguised as a mysterious, pretty minor melody. 


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