Sheet Music: March

from Scipione
Alternate titlesSlow March from The Mercy of Scipio
Opus numberHWV 20
ComposerGeorge Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
InstrumentationFlute duet
KeyG major
Time signature4/4
Tempo112 BPM
Performance time1:45
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2010-08-31
Last updated2010-08-31
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Tuesday 31 August 2010

Tune of the Day: Slow March

from Handel's “Scipione”, arranged for Flute duet

This march is taken from the opera Scipione, composed in 1725 by George Frideric Handel. The opera's hero, Scipio, is a Roman centurion who has recently conquered New Carthage. He is in love with the captive Berenice but magnanimously releases her to her beloved Allucius, an Iberian Prince.

After Handel's death his operas fell into obscurity and only since the 1960s have they been rediscovered in the opera house. The famous march from Scipio has however remained popular since its first performance and has been the Regimental Slow March of the British Grenadier Guards since the 18th century.