George Frideric Handel: Suite no.4 in d minor HWV 437 (excerpt) - Sarabande

Duration : 4 minutes

The Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Violaine Cochard, and Jean Rondeau perform the Sarabande from the Suite for harpsichord no.4 in d minor by George Frideric Handel. Excerpt from the Barry Lyndon Tribute Concert, recorded live on 17 March at the Radio France Auditorium.

From the film's opening credits, the Sarabande is associated with the duel, and the idea of death. Its solemn character hints at the young and ambitious Irishman's destiny, destined to fail before the film even begins. The Sarabande is heard from the very first duel, during which the father is killed, to the final duel in a barn between Lord Bullingdon and his father-in-law Barry, putting an end to the Irishman's rise in English aristocratic society.

The Sarabande is thus given a dramatic and pathetic strength, in particular by its rhythm, played like a funeral march, and arranged in the form of a theme and variations during the duelling scenes. However, the Sarabande also appears premonitory and sinister for the spectator-listener when Barry gives his son a horse. The music also announces, in a tragic irony, a terrible catastrophe: the young boy is killed following an accident involving the horse, after disobeying his father.

Barry Lyndon Tribute Concert (Stanley Kubrick)
Full concert
Barry Lyndon Tribute Concert (Stanley Kubrick)
Auditorium de la Maison de la Radio, Paris
George Frideric Handel
George Frideric Handel
All artists
  • Jean RondeauPerformer