Handel: Sarabande (from the ‘Suite in D minor’ HWV437) (bassoon quartet)


Handel’s Sarabande from the keyboard ‘Suite in D minor’ HWV437 has been widely used in film and TV.  Presented here in stately arrangement for bassoon quartet.

  • Instruments : 4 Bsn.
  • Difficulty : B – approx. ABRSM Grade 4
  • Duration : 4’45
  • ISMN : 979-0-708141-45-7
  • Portus Press reference : PPB39


The Suite in D minor (HWV 437) for solo keyboard (harpsichord) was composed by the German-born English composer of the late Baroque era, George Frederic Handel at the beginning of the 18th century.

A Sarabande  was commonly included in such compositions, as it is here in the 4th movement.  It is a slow courtly dance in triple time which incorporates the ‘folia’ chord progression with a theme followed by two variations.

The piece was used in a romanticised version in Stanley Kubrick’s film Barry Lyndon (1975) which is based on a novel by William Makepeace Thackeray about the exploits of a fictional 18th century Irish adventurer.  Its stately solemnness also fitted the bill perfectly in the BBC’s documentary Auschwitz: The Nazis and ‘The Final Solution.

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