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Dance Forms

  • Part of a larger, tight-structural unit called the Suite
  • Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, and Gigue with other inserts
  • Each had its own character, meter, tempo, and tone
  • In binary (AB) or ternary (ABA)

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  • Intro 0:00
  • It's Time to Dance 0:29
    • Dance Works, Known as Suites
    • Importance of Dance Suites
    • Baroque Period was All About Organization
    • Suite: Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Gigue
  • Back to Bach 2:06
    • Wrote Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin
    • Explored Counterpoint, Harmonic Movement, Rhythmic Motion, Form, Imitation, and Texture
    • Suites are Short Practice Canvases
  • Allemande 4:07
    • Moderate Tempo
    • Duple Meter
    • Polyphonic Texture
    • Prelude
    • Starts on Anacrusis, or Upbeat
    • Running Patterns
    • Example of Allemande: Sonata in B Minor
  • Courante 6:10
    • Binary Form
    • Triple Form
    • Quick
    • Homophonic Texture
    • Hemiolas (3:2)
    • Dotted Rhythms to Show Hopping Character of Dance
    • Example of Courante: Sonata in B Minor
  • Sarabande 7:55
    • Slow Tempo
    • Triple Meter
    • Commences on Down Beat
    • Originated from 16th Century Latin
    • Fast Version for Spain, England, and Italy
    • Slow Version for Germany and France
    • Example of Sarabande: Sonata in B Minor
  • Gigue 9:32
    • The Ending
    • Compound Duple or Triple Meter
    • Very Quick
    • Starts on 8th Note Upbeat
    • Binary Form
    • Triplets
    • Wide Melodic Leaps
    • Imitation
    • Slower Harmonic Rhythm: How Quickly the Harmonies Change
    • Example of Gigue: Sonata in B Minor
  • Review 11:44
    • Why Are the Dance Suite Movements Important?
    • Miniature Pieces Become Large, Long, and Extremely Detailed Works
    • Writing Out the Basic Plot for Binary Form
    • Which Dance Movements are in Two, and Which are in Three?