Sunday 2 August 2009
Tune of the Day: Badinerie
from J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor
In the 20th century this last movement from Orchestral Suite No. 2 has become one of the most famous show-pieces for solo flutists, due to its quick pace and difficulty.
It is also often heard as a mobile phone ringtone, since it became one of the favorite Bach ringtones on the first polyphonic models by Nokia.
The term “badinerie” (from the French badiner, ‛to jest’) arose during the 18th century, when this brief and lively dance was first included as a movement in the Baroque suite.