suite de danses
(sweet deh dahns(e))


[Fr.]


A set of dances, generally referred to as simply a "suite". The suite de danses originated in the early part of the 17th century, and was firmly established by the Baroque era. The Baroque suite contains an optional prelude, followed by the allemande, the courante, the sarabande, the intermezzi, and the gigue. The intermezzi consisted of two to four dances, containing a minuet, a gavotte, or other styles of dances, depending upon the pleasure of the composer.


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