Sheet Music: La Matelotte

TitleLa Matelotte
from Five Old French Dances
ComposerMarin Marais (1656–1728)
InstrumentationFlute and Harpsichord/Piano
KeyE minor
RangeC4–E6
Time signature2/2
Tempo96 BPM
Performance time2:00
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2017-10-26
Last updated2017-10-26
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Baroque

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Thursday 26 October 2017

Tune of the Day: La Matelotte by Marin Marais

from “Five Old French Dances”

This piece was composed by the famous French viol player Marin Marais. The viol (also called viola da gamba, an Italian expression indicating that the instrument is meant to rest vertically on one's leg) is an old instrument that was primarily used during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. It is similar to a cello, but it has six strings and it is fretted like a guitar.

The matelotte (from the French matelot, ‛sailor’) is a Dutch sailors' dance similar to a hornpipe, performed in wooden shoes, the dancers' arms being interlaced behind their backs.

Other Movements from the same Work

1.L'Agréable Flute & Piano
2.La Provençale Flute & Piano
3.La Musette Flute & Piano
5.Le Basque Flute & Piano