Dances & Song Forms

All About the Musical Bagatelle: Short & Light Pieces

Today we’re going to talk about the musical form the “bagatelle”. We’ve talked about other forms on this channel, from the simple waltz to the complex sonata – and to wind up for the next video (on a very famous bagatelle), we’re going to tackle this one today. In this video we’re going to talk…

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All About Rondo Form in Music

In today’s episode of PianoTV, we’re going to explore what rondo form is in music. We’ve explored other long forms on this channel before such as the sonata – and they belong to a similar era. Classical-era musicians really liked their complex forms! We’ll talk about what a rondo form is, and we’ll use a…

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Bach French Suite no. 1: An Analysis and Closer Look

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.

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The Baroque Dance Suite (aka The Most Common Baroque Genre)

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.

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The Polonaise: History, Sound, Style

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).

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What is a Waltz? Characteristics of Waltz Music

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…

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