Sheet Music: German Dance No. 3

TitleGerman Dance No. 3
from 12 German Dances
Opus numberWoO 8
ComposerLudwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
InstrumentationFlute quartet
KeyF major
RangeC4–D6
Time signature3/4
Tempo56 BPM
Performance time1:25
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-09-09
Last updated2010-09-09
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Thursday 9 September 2010

Tune of the Day: German Dance No. 3

by Ludwig van Beethoven, arranged for Flute quartet

As was his practice with most of his dances in his early years, Beethoven scored his 12 German Dances for orchestra first, then transcribed them for piano. The instrumentation he employed in the orchestral rendition of the third dance, which we present today in an arrangement for four flutes, was oboes, bassoons, horns and strings. Among the twelve dances, this third one is particularly notable for its skillful polyphonic writing.