Sheet Music: Les Plaisirs II

TitleLes Plaisirs II
from Suite in A minor for Recorder and Strings
Opus numberTWV 55:a2, Mvmt. 2
ComposerGeorg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767)
InstrumentationFlute and bass instrument
KeyA minor
Time signature2/2
Tempo112 BPM
Performance time1:40
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-06-12
Last updated2010-06-12
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Saturday 12 June 2010

Tune of the Day: Les Plaisirs

from Suite in A minor by Georg Philipp Telemann

The second movement of Telemann's Overture-Suite in A minor is titled “Les Plaisirs”, which is French for “The Pleasures”. The German composer takes the traditional model of introducing a theme in the strings and letting the flute make virtuoso fireworks with it. In fact, the theme is first introduced by the strings alone in a separate movement, and then developed in the following movement, marked “Les Plaisirs II”, where only the flute and the harpsichord appear. The two parts are sometimes considered as a single movement.

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Ouverture Flute & Strings
2.Les Plaisirs II Flute & bass
3.Air à l'Italien Flute & Strings
4.Menuet II Flute & Piano
5.Réjouissance Flute & Strings
6.Passepied II Flute & bass