Sheet Music: Pizzicati

TitlePizzicati
from Sylvia
Alternate titlesDivertissement from Act III
Pizzicato Polka
ComposerLéo Delibes (1836–1891)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyE-flat major
RangeEb4–Ab6
Time signature2/4
Tempo69 BPM
Performance time1:30
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2011-02-22
Last updated2011-02-22
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Ballet excerpts, Romantic

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Tuesday 22 February 2011

Tune of the Day: Pizzicati

from “Sylvia” by Léo Delibes

The Divertissement from Act III of Léo Delibes's 1876 ballet Sylvia, subtitled “Pizzicati”, is undoubtedly the ballet's greatest hit. It's a quiet, tip-toeing little dance for pizzicato strings, with a brief interlude for woodwinds in the middle.

According to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, this “Pizzicato Polka” is “traditionally played in a halting, hesitant style that appears to have been no part of Delibes's conception”.

Thanks to Jeffrey for suggesting this piece!