Sheet Music: Les Voix humaines

TitleLes Voix humaines
from Pièces de viole, Livre II
ComposerMarin Marais (1656–1728)
InstrumentationFlute and bass instrument
KeyD major
Time signature4/4
Tempo44 BPM
Performance time2:35
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2016-05-24
Last updated2016-05-24
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Tuesday 24 May 2016

Tune of the Day: Les Voix humaines

by Marin Marais, transcribed for flute and bass intrument

This broodingly contemplative piece, whose title means “the human voices”, appears in French composer Marin Marais's Deuxième livre de pièces de viole, published in 1701. It is the penultimate movement of Suite No. 3 in D major for bass viol and continuo. The viol, or viola da gamba, is a bowed instrument somewhat similar to a cello, but fretted like a guitar. It was very popular during the Baroque period.

Thanks to Leonardo and Caroline for suggesting this piece!