Sheet Music: The Sleigh Ride

TitleThe Sleigh Ride
from Three German Dances
Alternate titlesDeutscher Tanz
Die Schlittenfahrt
Opus numberK. 605, No.3
ComposerWolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
InstrumentationFlute trio
KeyC major
RangeC4–D6
Time signature3/4
Tempo144 BPM
Performance time1:40
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-09-30
Last updated2009-09-30
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Wednesday 30 September 2009

Tune of the Day: Sleigh Ride

from “Three German Dances”, K. 605 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

We've been asked for some flute trios, so here is one! Christmas may still be far away, but you know... it often takes some time to put a trio together.

This little piece, whose German name “Die Schlittenfahrt” means “The Sleigh Ride”, is one of the most popular of Mozart's numerous orchestral dances. Written near the end of his life, it is, like many of the composer's other “German dances”, a Ländler, a simple dance in triple meter that was the predecessor to the waltz. Its most unusual feature, and the one that inspired its nickname, is its original scoring: in addition to a small orchestra of two violins, bass, two flutes, two oboes, two horns, and timpani, it calls for two posthorns and five sleighbells that bounce along on each beat.