In the last video, we took a look at the history and structure of the typical Baroque dance suite. Today I’d like to look through one of the famous dance suites by JS Bach, written for keyboard: the Bach French Suite no. 1 in D minor, BWV 812.
In today’s video, we’re going to be looking at the Baroque dance suite. We’ll talk a bit about its history and significance in the Classical music landscape, then we’ll look at the various dances in a standard dance suite. We’ll also look at some of the additional dances that sometimes get added.
Today we’ll be discussing the musical genre of the Polonaise, which is a Polish dance that appears in a fairly diverse range of piano music. Guys from earlier time periods, like Bach and Beethoven (both German), made use of the Polonaise, but the most famous Polonaises were composed by Frederic Chopin (Polish by birth).
I wanted to talk about the Waltz, a very famous and slightly modern-ish dance and genre (if you consider the 1800s – 1900s modern).
We’ll talk about some of the characteristics of waltz music, and listen to famous examples on both the piano and orchestra. My hope is that this will give you a deeper understanding of this genre, so that when we learn a waltz next week, you’ll already have a good idea of how to interpret it.