Sheet Music: Sarabande

Opus numberOp. 1, No. 3
ComposerPaul Merkus (1961—)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyG major
Time signature3/4
Tempo120 BPM
Performance time1:15
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2023-08-15
Last updated2023-08-15
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Saturday 2 September 2023

Tune of the Day: Sarabande by Paul Merkus

for flute and piano

Today's piece was kindly contributed to our collection by guest composer Paul Merkus.

This Sarabande is my very first opus number, originating in 1983, at a time when I often played flute duets. That is why the first appearance of this Sarabande was as a duet for two flutes.

Because it was difficult to do the harmony justice in a flute duet, I also made the present version for flute and piano. The key has been changed as the Sarabande has been transposed down to G major.

The beginning of the melody is based on the effect that repeating the same note builds tension. After four bars of “monotony”, the built-up tension is relieved by a scale figure, after which a typical sarabande melody follows. In the second part, a contemporary modulation transitions into the recapitulation, followed by a melancholy conclusion.