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Handel: Sarabande (Keyboard Suite in Dm) - sheet music, midi and mp3 files

George Frideric Handel, engraving This Sarabande by George Frideric Handel is one of the most famous. Baroque Suites consisted of a number of dance movements (often including a Allemande, Courante, Sarabande and Gigue in that order, but with many variations). Some Suites were written for small groups of players but Keyboard Suites were common. A Sarabande is a slow stately dance in triple time, with the rhythmic emphasis on the first 2 of the 3 beats. Handel wrote several keyboard suites in D minor, with this one catalogued as HWV 437 and the Sarabande consists of a theme with 2 variations. Handel's Sarabande is based on a variant of a musical pattern called "later Folia", a popular chord sequence during the baroque period (the 16-bar blues of its day). Handel's Sarabande would have been played on a harpsichord, and the player would probably improvise some ornamentation, e.g. arpeggios and mordents. Our version of the music is played on a piano with no ornamentation or repeats.

This Sarabande is one of the most famous and it has been used in a number of film soundtracks (sometimes arranged for strings), such as "Tom Jones" and "Barry Lyndon". I heard it recently on a TV trailer for Judge Rinder. You can download sheet music, midi and mp3 files using the links on the left-hand menu. Or below you can play a graphic video of the music, play the mp3 file or see the sheet music before downloading.

Handel's Sarabande from Keyboard Suite in Dm - Video

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Handel's Sarabande from Keyboard Suite in Dm - MP3 & Midi files

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Handel's Sarabande from Keyboard Suite in Dm - Sheet Music

The image below is the first page of the sheet music, and here you can download the full sheet music for Handel's Sarabande from Keyboard Suite in Dm in PDF format.

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