Sheet Music: The Torture of Tantalus

TitleThe Torture of Tantalus
from 25 Romantic Studies
Alternate titlesLe supplice de Tantale
Tantalusqualen
Opus numberOp. 66, No. 11
ComposerErnesto Köhler (1849–1907)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD minor
RangeD4–G#6
Time signature4/4
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time1:20
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2012-07-22
Last updated2012-07-22
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Etudes, Romantic, Written for Flute

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Sunday 22 July 2012

Tune of the Day: The Torture of Tantalus

from Köhler's “25 Romantic Studies”

Tantalus was a Greek mythological figure, most famous for his eternal punishment: to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree with low branches, with the fruit ever eluding his grasp, and the water always receding before he could take a drink.

This study presents two difficulties. The first difficulty, of course, concerns the fingers, since the piece must be played at a steady tempo. The second lies in the intonation of the interval C#-E, as C# tends to be too sharp and E tends to be a little flat.

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7.In the Moonlight Flute solo
8.Zig-Zag Flute solo
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14.Double Tonguing Flute solo
15.The Spinning Wheel Flute solo
16.Cantabile alla Moderna Flute solo
17.Trills and Appoggiaturas Flute solo
18.The Wind Flute solo
19.Dance of the Insects Flute solo
20.The Dove Flute solo
21.By the Seaside Flute solo
22.The Cuckoo and the Nightingale Flute solo
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24.Gavotte Flute solo
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