Sheet Music: Lamentevole

from Pièces sans basse
Alternate titlesLamenterole
ComposerJean-Daniel Braun (1703–1738)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyE minor
Time signature3/4
Tempo50 BPM
Performance time2:55
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2023-03-26
Last updated2023-03-26
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Baroque, Written for Flute


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Sunday 26 March 2023

Tune of the Day: Lamentevole by Braun

from “Pieces sans basse”

The origins of this piece are not entirely clear. Its earliest known appearance is in Jean-Daniel Braun's Pièces sans basse, published in Paris in 1740 together with his Flute Sonata in E minor. Since they were published as a single volume, the pieces are often attributed to Braun, even though the front page states that they are “by the same author as well as by various others”. And of course, there is no indication anywhere of which pieces were composed by Braun himself. Some recent editions suggest that some of the pieces might even be by Johann Joachim Quantz, but there is hardly any proof of that.

Modern editions also appear to have caused a bit of confusion regarding the original instrumentation of these pieces. The Pièces sans basse were explicitly intended for flute or bassoon (every piece came with two key signatures, one for each instrument). They have however been transposed and republished in several collections for the recorder, and given the popularity of this instrument during the Baroque era, many people now think that versions for the flute are adaptations, when it is actually the other way around.

As if that were not enough, the “Lamentevole” (Italian for plaintive, mournful, or regrettable) has suffered from even more confusion. It has been republished in several collections, with its title corrupted first to “Lamenterole” (an easy mistake to make, considering how close to an r the v looks in the original edition... except that “lamenterole” does not appear to be a word in any language) and then to “Lamentarola” (also not a word, but perhaps someone thought that sounded more Italian?).

Special thanks to Joe for suggesting such an interesting piece!

Other Movements from the same Work

Bizaria Flute solo
1.Rondeau Flute solo
2.Giga Flute solo
3.Minuetto Flute solo
4.Rondeau Flute solo
5.Minuetto Flute solo
6.Double Flute solo
7.Scherzo Flute solo
8.Minuetto Flute solo
9.Inventione Flute solo
10.Fantasia Flute solo
11.Capriccio Flute solo
12.Concerto Flute solo
13.Inventione Flute solo
14.Capriccio Flute solo
15.Allemanda Flute solo
16.Largo Flute solo
17.Double Flute solo
19.Lamentevole Flute solo
20.Aria Flute solo
20.Bizaria Flute solo
21.Allemanda Flute solo
22.Giga Flute solo
23.Corrente Flute solo
24.Fantasia Flute solo
25.Minuetto Flute solo