Sheet Music: Entr'acte No. 3

TitleEntr'acte No. 3
from Rosamunde
Alternate titlesEntr'acte in B-flat major
Opus numberD.797, Op. 26
ComposerFranz Schubert (1797–1828)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyB-flat major
Time signature2/4
Tempo72 BPM
Performance time6:55
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-05-23
Last updated2010-05-23
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Sunday 23 May 2010

Tune of the Day: Entr'acte No. 3

from “Rosamunde” by Franz Schubert

In 1823 Schubert provided an overture and ten numbers for a play called Rosamunde, Fürstin von Zypern (“Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus”) by Wilhelmine von Chézy. The play was a resounding flop, closing in two nights, but the music was well-received. Even so, Schubert did not take advantage of the evident high regard the audience had for it by extracting the music for concert purposes; that service was not performed until 1867, when George Grove and Arthur Sullivan made their famous discovery of a treasury of forgotten Schubert scores.

The Entr'acte No. 3 in B-flat major is one of the two best-known pieces in the score, the other being Ballet Music No. 2. Schubert reused the main theme of this entr'acte in the second movement of his String Quartet in A minor, D.804 and, in a modified form, in the Impromptu in B-flat, D.935, No. 3.