Sheet Music: Rondeau

TitleRondeau
from Suite de Symphonies No. 1; Fanfares pour des trompettes, timbales, violons et hautbois
Alternate titlesRondo
ComposerJean-Joseph Mouret (1682–1738)
InstrumentationFlute duet
KeyD major
RangeD4–D6
Time signature2/2
Tempo80 BPM
Performance time1:45
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-10-13
Last updated2009-10-13
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Categories
Baroque, Fanfares, Rondos, Wedding music

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Tuesday 13 October 2009

Tune of the Day: Rondeau

Baroque fanfare by Jean-Joseph Mouret

Tremendously popular for his extended stage works during the reign of Louis XIV, Jean-Joseph Mouret today is remembered only for this fanfare, lasting less than two minutes. Oddly, it became associated with the pomp and glory of England, not of France, when in 1971 WGBH radio announcer Robert J. Lurtsema proposed it as the theme for Masterpiece Theatre, WGBH-TV's repackagings of BBC historical dramas for broadcast on American public television.

The piece, taken from Mouret's first Suite de Symphonies (Fanfares for Trumpets, Kettledrums, Violins and Oboes), is a popular musical choice in many modern weddings.