Sheet Music: Passepieds I and II

TitlePassepieds I and II
from Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major
Opus numberBWV 1066, Mvmt. 7
ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyC major
Time signature3/4
Tempo126 BPM
Performance time3:20
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-01-14
Last updated2011-01-14
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Friday 14 January 2011

Tune of the Day: Two Passepieds by J.S. Bach

from Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major

These two lively passepieds constitute the seventh and last movement of Johann Sebastian Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 1.

A passepied (which in French approximately means “passing feet”) is a dance of the baroque era that originated in Brittany, a region of western France. The music to which a passepied is set is almost always a movement in binary (AABB) form with a fast tempo and a time signature of three beats per bar (3/4 or 3/8), each section beginning with an upbeat of a single beat.

Other Movements from the same Work

4.Forlane Flute solo
5.Menuets I and II Flute solo
7.Passepieds I and II Flute solo