Sheet Music: Il vecchio castello

TitleIl vecchio castello
from Pictures at an Exhibition
Alternate titlesThe Old Castle
ComposerModest Mussorgsky (1839–1881)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG-sharp minor
Time signature6/8
Tempo52 BPM
Performance time4:05
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2016-01-06
Last updated2016-01-06
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Wednesday 6 January 2016

Tune of the Day: Il vecchio castello

from Mussorgsky's “Pictures at an Exhibition”

Today we present the second movement of Modest Mussorgsky's famous suite for piano “Pictures at an Exhibition”, which has also become known through various orchestrations and arrangements, with Ravel's arrangement being the most recorded and performed. This movement, whose Italian title means “The Old Castle”, is thought to be based on a watercolor depiction of an Italian castle. The tempo marking reads “Andante molto cantabile e con dolore”, which translates literally as “At walking pace, very singable and with sorrow”.

Thanks to Peter for suggesting this piece!

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Promenade Flute solo
2.Il vecchio castello Flute solo
5.Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks Flute solo