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Lecture 9

Lecture 9 - Orchestral Suites

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MUS 1302
Jerry M.Cain

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Great MusiciansClass Notes Day 9 Baroque 3Fall 2008ORCHESTAL SUITE sometimes called DANCE SUITE or BAROQUE DANCE SUITEMultimovement instrumental work for orchestra alone in baroque also w continuo groupThe number of movements was not very standardized during the Baroque period Someexamples of the genre have as many as nine for instance Handels Suite No 2 in D majorpopularly known as part of the Water MusicThe individual movements are often evocative of DANCE TYPES and have dancerelated names Minuet Bourre Gigue etc although there are also other types of names as wellOrchestral Suites or Dance Suites were not actually intended for dancing but for listeningenjoyment They do however highlight the general importance of dance during the period
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