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Sheet Music: Farandole

TitleFarandole
from L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2
Alternate titlesDanse dei Chivau-Frus
Opus numberOp. 23
ComposerGeorges Bizet (1838–1875)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
RangeD4–B6
Time signature2/4
Tempo180 BPM
Performance time3:10
Difficulty leveladvanced
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Date added2010-03-02
Last updated2010-03-02
CategoriesRomantic, Show-off pieces

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Tuesday 2 March 2010

Tune of the Day: Farandole

from “L'Arlésienne” by Georges Bizet

This is the fourth and last movement in L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2. Two contrasting themes are heard in this exciting orchestral piece. The first, in minor, is a march theme based on the Christmas carol “March of the Kings”, which was also used in the opening Prelude to the first suite. The lively second theme, in major, has the character of the farandole, a pipe-and-drum-driven peasant dance based on the Provençal “Danse dei Chivau-Frus”. In this traditional southern French dance a long line of dancers, linked by the handkerchiefs they hold, wend their way through the streets, following a musician playing pipe and tabor (a portable drum).

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Pastorale Flute solo
3.Minuet Flute & Harp