Music Based on Dance Forms

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Many composers used dances in their music, even though they didn’t intend for anyone to actually dance to these pieces. This week on Classics for Kids, hear some minuets, marches and waltzes that turn up in classical compositions.

Music used within the program:

Debussy: Children’s Corner Suite: Golliwog’s Cakewalk

Gottschalk: Bamboula

Ravel: La Valse

Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 1: Gavotte

Bach: Cello Suite: Gigue

Grieg: Holberg Suite: Gavotte

Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin

Haydn: Symphony No. 97: Menuet

Boccherini: String Quintet in A Op. 13 No. 5: Minuetto

Rodrigo: Fantasia para un gentilhombre