Thursday 19 May 2011
Tune of the Day: O ma belle rebelle
by Charles Gounod, arranged for flute and piano
This gorgeous mélodie was composed by Charles Gounod in 1842, using a text by Jean-Antoine de Baïf, a French poet of the 16th century. It was published in 1855, as the second of Gounod's 6 mélodies. The pattern of the accompaniment looks very simple: a single left-hand note in the bass clef followed by three in the treble, an alternation between left and right hand that suggests the strumming of lute or guitar. At the same time, however, the bass of the piano accompaniment delivers a counter-melody that gives a somewhat Renaissance feel to the piece.
Thanks to Françoise for suggesting this song!