Romance sans paroles No. 3 by Fauré. Sheet music for Flute, page 1.

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Fauré - Romance sans paroles No. 3

Sheet music for flute

Info: Fauré wrote these three "songs without words" while still a student at the École Niedermeyer and they became some of his most popular works. Copland considered them immature pieces, which "should be relegated to the indiscretions every young composer commits. Later critics have taken a less severe view; Morrison describes the Romances as "an affectionate and very Gallic tribute to Mendelssohn's urbanity, agitation and ease. The commentator Keith Anderson writes that although they were a popular French counterpart to Mendelssohn's Songs without Words, Fauré's own voice is already recognisable. Instead of placing the slowest piece in the middle of the set and ending with the lively A minor piece, Fauré, already with musical views of his own, switches the expected order, and the set ends pianissimo, fading to nothing. The final piece of the set, in A♭ major, is a serene andante, with a flowing tune in the Mendelssohnian style. After gentle variation, it equally gently fades to silence at the end.
Opus number: Op. 17
Date: 1863
Artist: Gabriel Urbain Fauré
Born: 12 May 1845, Pamiers
Died: 4 November 1924, Paris
The artist: French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many 20th-century composers.
Instrument: Flute
Key: G major
Range: D4 - D6
Time signature: 2/4
Tempo: 69 BPM
Duration: 2:12
Pages: 2
Difficulty: Intermediate
Style: Classical
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