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Sheet Music: Rondeau

TitleRondeau
from Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor
Opus numberBWV 1067, Mvmt. 2
ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyB minor
RangeF#4–C#6
Time signature2/2
Tempo69 BPM
Performance time1:45
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-02-06
Last updated2011-02-06
CategoriesBaroque, Rondos, Written for Flute

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Sunday 6 February 2011

Tune of the Day: Rondeau by J.S. Bach

from Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor

This rondeau is the second movement from Johann Sebastian Bach's Orchestral Suite in B minor. In the Baroque era, the term rondeau referred to any piece that consists of a refrain and different “couplets”. This form later developed into the rondo, so popular in the time of Mozart.

The structure of this particular rondeau can be written as AABACA, where A is the refrain and B and C are two different couplets. What is interesting about this cut-time piece is that each phrase begins and ends in the middle of a measure, a characteristic which is commonly associated with the gavotte.

Other Movements from the same Work

3.Sarabande Flute solo
4.Bourrée I and II Flute solo
5.Polonaise and Double Flute solo
6.Minuet in B minor Flute solo
7.Badinerie Flute solo
7.Badinerie Flute quartet