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Le Basque

Le Basque

Marais, Marin

Arr. Hirschman, Ed


  • Ensemble: Brass Quintet
  • Genre: Classical
  • Grade: 5
  • Duration: 1.0 minutes
  • Catalog Number: ABP0261

A horn feature.  This famous one-minute piece was composed by French viol player Marin Marais. The viol (also called viola da gamba, an Italian expression indicating that the instrument is meant to rest vertically on one's leg) is an old instrument that was primarily used during the Renaissance and Baroque periods. It is similar to a cello, but it has six strings and it is fretted like a guitar.

“Le Basque” is a quick and joyful dance; those who speak French will probably observe that in France the phrase “courir comme un Basque” means “to run like a hare” (literally, “like a Basque”).  This piece was made famous as a horn encore by Dennis Brain.


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