Dance of the Blessed Spirits by Gluck. Sheet music for Flute, page 1.

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Gluck - Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Sheet music for flute

Info: Orfeo ed Euridice (French version: Orphée et Eurydice; English: Orpheus and Eurydice) is an opera based on the myth of Orpheus. It belongs to the genre of the azione teatrale, meaning an opera on a mythological subject with choruses and dancing. The piece was first performed at the Burgtheater in Vienna on 5 October 1762 in the presence of Empress Maria Theresa. The second scene opens in Elysium with the four-movement "Dance of the Blessed Spirits". This is followed by a solo which celebrates happiness in eternal bliss ("Cet asile"), sung by either an unnamed Spirit or Euridice. Orfeo arrives and marvels at the purity of the air in an arioso ("Che puro ciel"/"Quel nouveau ciel"). But he finds no solace in the beauty of the surroundings, for Euridice is not yet with him.
Date: 1762
Artist: Christoph Willibald (Ritter von) Gluck
Born: 2 July 1714, Erasbach
Died: 15 November 1787, Vienna
The artist: German composer of Italian and French opera in the early classical period. Born in the Upper Palatinate (now part of Germany) and raised in Bohemia, he gained prominence at the Habsburg court at Vienna, where he brought about the practical reform of opera's dramaturgical practices that many intellectuals had been campaigning for over the years.
Instrument: Flute
Key: F major
Range: A4 - F6
Time signature: 3/4
Tempo: 69 BPM
Duration: 3:08
Pages: 2
Difficulty: Intermediate
Style: Classical
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