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Dance and the Music of J. S. Bach : Music: Scholarship and Performance - Meredith Little

Dance and the Music of J. S. Bach

Music: Scholarship and Performance

Paperback Published: 27th January 2009
ISBN: 9780253214645
Number Of Pages: 337

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Stylized dance music and music based on dance rhythms pervade Bach's compositions. Although the music of this very special genre has long been a part of every serious musician's repertoire, little has been written about it.

The original edition of this addressed works that bore the names of dances -- a considerable corpus. In this expanded version of their practical and insightful study, Meredith Little and Natalie Jenne apply the same principals to the study of a great number of Bach's works that use identifiable dance rhythms but do not bear dance-specific titles.

Part I describes French dance practices in the cities and courts most familiar to Bach. The terminology and analytical tools necessary for discussing dance music of Bach's time are laid out.

Part II presents the dance forms that Bach used, annotating all of his named dances. Little and Jenne draw on choreographies, harmony, theorists' writings, and the music of many seventeenth- and eighteenth-centurycomposers in order to arrive at a model for each dance type.

In Appendix A all of Bach's named dances are listed in convenient tabular form; included are the BWV number for each piece, the date of composition, the larger work in which it appears, the instrumentation, and the meter.Appendix B supplies the same data for pieces recognizable as dance types but not named as such.

More than ever, this book will stimulate both the musical scholar and the performer with a new perspective at the rhythmic workings of Bach's remarkable repertoire of dance-based music.

Preface to the Expanded Editionp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
French Court Dance in Bach's Worldp. 3
Terms and Proceduresp. 16
Bach's Dance Musicp. 33
The Boureep. 35
The Gavottep. 47
The Minuetp. 62
The Passepiedp. 83
The Sarabandep. 92
The Courantep. 114
The Correntep. 129
The Giguep. 143
The Loure and the Forlanap. 185
The Polonaisep. 194
The Chaconne and the Passacagliap. 199
Dance Rhythms in Bach's Larger Worksp. 204
Gigasp. 260
Titled Dances by J. S. Bachp. 287
Dance Rhythms in Bach's Larger Worksp. 299
Notesp. 307
Bibliographyp. 323
Indexp. 331
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ISBN: 9780253214645
ISBN-10: 0253214645
Series: Music: Scholarship and Performance
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 337
Published: 27th January 2009
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 2