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Sheet Music: Souvenir Russe

TitleSouvenir Russe
Opus numberOp. 60
ComposerErnesto Köhler (1849–1907)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyG minor
RangeC#4–G6
Time signature3/4
Tempo80 BPM
Performance time3:55
Difficulty levelintermediate
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (209 kB) (preview)
Download audio tracksMIDI (13 kB) MP3 (2.8 MB)
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Date added2010-07-02
Last updated2010-07-02
CategoriesRomantic, Written for Flute

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Friday 2 July 2010

Tune of the Day: Souvenir Russe

by Ernesto Köhler
St. Basil's Cathedral

After beginning his musical career, Italian flutist and composer Ernesto Köhler moved to Vienna at the age of twenty, and then, in 1871, on to Saint Petersburg. He remained in Saint Petersburg for the rest of life as a member of the orchestra of the Imperial Opera. The “Souvenir Russe” for flute and piano was clearly dedicated to his Russian experience. Starting from a slow theme in minor key, the piece then evolves towards a lively Allegretto, passing by two flute cadenzas.