Sheet Music: Gavotta

from Keyboard Sonata No. 12 in F major
Alternate titlesLes moutons
Gavotte des moutons
Opus numberB 4.I.12
ComposerGiovanni Battista Martini (1706–1784)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyG major
Time signature2/2
Tempo72 BPM
Performance time2:30
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2016-10-31
Last updated2016-10-31
Download popularity index☆☆☆☆☆ 0.3 (not so popular)
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Monday 31 October 2016

Tune of the Day: Gavotta by Martini

arranged for flute and piano

This gavotte was originally the fifth of five movements in Giovanni Battista Martini's Sonata No. 12 in F major for Organ or Harpsichord. This sonata was part of Martini's Sonate d'intavolatura per l'organo e il cembalo, first published in Amsterdam in 1742.

A notable arrangement for piano solo of this piece was done in 1880 by Georges Bachmann, who published it as “Les moutons” (French for “the sheep”), Op. 40. More recently, the piece was included in Book 3 of the Suzuki Method for the Violin, and this greatly contributed to its rise in popularity.

Thanks to Betty for suggesting this tune!