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Sheet Music: Rondeau

TitleRondeau
from Abdelazer
Alternate titlesHornpipe in D minor
The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
Opus numberZ. 570
ComposerHenry Purcell (1659–1695)
Also attributed toBenjamin Britten (1913–1976)
InstrumentationFlute and Harpsichord/Piano
KeyD minor
RangeD4–Bb5
Time signature3/2
Tempo92 BPM
Performance time2:05
Difficulty leveleasy
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (95 kB) (preview)
Download audio tracksMIDI (10 kB) MP3 (1.5 MB)
Play-along accompanimentMIDI (6 kB) MP3 (1.6 MB)
Date added2011-07-10
Last updated2011-07-10
CategoriesBaroque, Hornpipes, Rondos

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Sunday 10 July 2011

Tune of the Day: Rondeau by Purcell

from “Abdelazer”

Abdelazer, or The Moor's Revenge, is a 1676 play by Mrs. Aphra Behn. The famous English composer Henry Purcell provided incidental music for a 1695 revival, shortly before his death from tuberculosis at the age of 36.

It is the Rondeau we present today that has ensured enduring fame for an otherwise forgotten play and its largely neglected music. This movement was used by Benjamin Britten as the theme for his famous 1946 set of symphonic variations known as The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.

Thanks to Jeffrey for suggesting this piece!

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