Sheet Music: Lamentabile

from Flute Duet No. 4 in F major
Opus numberF. 57
ComposerWilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710–1784)
InstrumentationFlute duet
KeyD minor
Time signature6/8
Tempo66 BPM
Performance time11:20
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-02-20
Last updated2011-02-20
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Sunday 20 February 2011

Tune of the Day: Lamentabile by W.F. Bach

from Flute Duet No. 4 in F major

This is the second movement of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach's Flute Duet in F major. It is an extremely slow and meditative piece, marked “Lamentabile”, which in Italian would literally mean “mournful”. The movement is set in binary (AABB) form, and the first part starts out as a canon at the fifth; that is, when the first voice enters it repeats the melody exposed by the second voice, but a fifth higher.

Thanks to Jean-Marc for suggesting this piece!