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Sheet Music: Tambourin

TitleTambourin
Alternate titlesLe triomphe de la République, ou Le camp de Grandpré
ComposerFrançois-Joseph Gossec (1734–1829)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyF major
RangeG4–F6
Time signature2/4
Tempo120 BPM
Performance time1:30
Difficulty levelintermediate
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (142 kB) (preview)
Download audio tracksMIDI (11 kB) (change tempo) MP3 (1.1 MB)
Play-along accompanimentMIDI (7 kB) (change tempo) MP3 (1.1 MB)
Date added2010-02-02
Last updated2010-02-02
CategoriesClassical, Show-off pieces, Written for Flute

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Tuesday 2 February 2010

Tune of the Day: Tambourin

by François-Joseph Gossec

Even the best-known composer in his lifetime may fall into obscurity after death. Belgian composer François-Joseph Gossec was acknowledged to be the greatest instrumental composer at the close of the ancien régime in France (Marie Antoinette loved his music) and, after an amazing about-face, he was also acknowledged to be the greatest composer of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods (Robespierre loved his music).

But all his fame has faded from memory, and Gossec is instead remembered for having composed the “Tambourin” for Flute and Orchestra. Taken from his divertissement-lyrique (a genre similar to opera) Le triomphe de la République, ou Le camp de Grandpré, this delightfully bright and lively piece is nearly mandatory among flutists: James Galway and Jean-Pierre Rampal have performed and recorded it numerous times.