Sheet Music: Danse des Sauvages

TitleDanse des Sauvages
from Les Indes galantes
Alternate titlesDanse du grand calumet de la paix
Dance of the Grand Peace Pipe
ComposerJean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764)
InstrumentationFlute and Harpsichord/Piano
KeyC minor
Time signature2/2
Tempo80 BPM
Performance time2:25
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2021-06-08
Last updated2021-06-08
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Tuesday 8 June 2021

Tune of the Day: Danse des Sauvages

arranged for flute and piano

The Danse des sauvages is arguably the most famous piece from Jean-Philippe Rameau's 1735 opera Les Indes galantes (“The Amorous Indies”). It is part of the fourth and final act, “Les Sauvages” (“The Savages”), which is set in North America and was inspired by Native American music. In particular, Rameau claimed to have based this piece, whose original title is “Danse du grand calumet de la paix” (“Dance of the grand peace pipe”), on the dances performed by two Native Americans from Louisiana, which he witnessed in Paris in 1725.

Thanks to Marian for suggesting this piece!