Sheet Music: Le Basque

TitleLe Basque
from Five Old French Dances
ComposerMarin Marais (1656–1728)
InstrumentationFlute and Harpsichord/Piano
KeyF major
Time signature4/8
Tempo128 BPM
Performance time1:15
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-01-17
Last updated2010-01-17
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Sunday 17 January 2010

Tune of the Day: Le Basque

Baroque dance by Marin Marais

This famous one-minute piece was composed by 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.

“Le Basque” is a quick and joyful dance; those who speak French will probably observe that in France the phrase “courir comme un Basque” means “to run like a hare” (literally, “like a Basque”). Probably because of its short length, today the piece is used by many performers as an encore piece. It was also recorded by James Galway on his album Annie's Song.

Other Movements from the same Work

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