Sheet Music: Le Retour de Mars

TitleLe Retour de Mars
from Amusemens de Bellone, No. 4: Amusement palatin
Opus numberOp. 6, No. 4
ComposerNicolas Chédeville (1705–1782)
InstrumentationFlute and bass instrument
KeyC major
RangeG4–D6
Time signature3/4
Tempo56 BPM
Performance time1:35
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2018-09-07
Last updated2018-09-07
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Baroque

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Friday 7 September 2018

Tune of the Day: Le Retour de Mars

from “Amusement palatin”

Today we propose the opening movement of Amusement palatin, a suite for solo instrument (“musette, vielle, flute and oboe” according to the original edition) and continuo by the French Baroque composer Nicolas Chédeville. The French title translates as “The Return of Mars”.

The piece is quite ornamented and features complex rhythms. In the last two measures the melody splits into two voices, so ideally the piece should be performed by two flutes, playing in unison until the finale. If that is not an option, one could simply play the upper voice, maybe inserting the two runs of 32ths from the lower voice.