The Gigue (Jig or Jigge) Is Up

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Georg Philipp Telemann was a composer during the Baroque period. Georg Philipp Telemann was a composer during the Baroque period. (Engraving by Georg Lichtensteger/Wikipedia Commons)

"Gigue" is the French word for jig, a lively dance in triple time. However, the jig originally began as folk dance in Ireland, Scotland and northern England. It spread from the British Isles to France and Germany during the Baroque era in which Telemann lived. It also has inspired 19th- and 20th-century composers such as Claude Debussy and Gustav Holst. You'll hear examples of all these variations of the dance form in this episode.

Program Playlist:

Traditional: Irish Washerwoman
Playford: The Queen's Jigg
Richard Reade: A Jigge Ye First
Lully: Gigue
Handel: Gigue
Bach: Cello Suite #1
Holst: St. Paul's Suite
Debussy: Images: Gigues
Pachelbel: Canon and Gigue
Telemann: Gigue from Suite in D

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