Sheet Music: Minuet

from L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2
Alternate titlesMenuet de La jolie fille de Perth
Opus numberOp. 23
ComposerGeorges Bizet (1838–1875)
InstrumentationFlute and Harp/Piano
KeyE-flat major
Time signature3/4
Tempo76 BPM
Performance time3:50
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-11-27
Last updated2009-11-27
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Friday 27 November 2009

Tune of the Day: Menuet from L'Arlésienne

by Georges Bizet

This pretty minuet constitutes the third movement of L'Arlésienne Suite No. 2. This second suite was put together rather clumsily by Bizet's friend Ernest Giraud after the composer's death. Bizet had already used most of his best music in the first suite, so for the second Guiraud had only leftovers to deal with. He compensated in part by pulling in music from other sources, and composing new music upon themes from the incidental score.

This minuet in particular is actually an intruder: it was borrowed from Act 3 of Bizet's La jolie fille de Perth (The Fair Maid of Perth). And it doesn't appear in the original incidental music to L'Arlésienne at all! Nonetheless, it is regarded as the most emotional movement of the whole work, and it is frequently played. It's a lovely flute-and-harp piece that originally accompanied a scene of aristocratic seduction, with a ceremonial Trio section for full orchestra.

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Pastorale Flute solo
3.Minuet Flute & Harp
4.Farandole Flute solo