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Gigue
· This is French for jig ­ a lively dance in
compound time.
· It's in binary form like other Baroque
dances.
· It's usually the last movement of a suite.
· The gigue is typical of the style in its use of
regular four bar phrase lengths and in its
largely homophonic texture…read more

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Gigue
· As it so happens the second section is longer
than the first being in binary form. The 72 bars
divide into three groups, each 24 bars in length -
0-24, 24-48 and 48-72 1st set of bars are
repeated and the 2nd and 3rd set together are
repeated.
· Both sections consist of dotted-crotchet openings
however the similarity of the endings of the 1st
and last sections are concealed by a passage of
invertible counterpoint.…read more

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Gigue - Instrumentation and Devices
· Double oboes, three trumpets, timpani,
double violins, viola and basso continuo.
· 4 bar phrasing, also promotes affekt.
· Starts with an anacrusis.
· Very repetitive use of sequences ­ builds
tension e.g. Bars 18-21¹ chromatic
descending sequence.
· Use of invertible counterpoint - swapping
of parts.…read more

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Gigue ­ E.G. Key Changes and Devices
· Bars 5-8 A major dominant key
demonstrated by G#'s.
· Bar 10 E minor demonstrated by D#'s in all
parts.
· Bars 13-17 A major shown by G#'s.
· Chromatic descending sequence in bar 18-
21¹ as the 7th of each chord is shown going
downwards after 3 quavers.…read more

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Key Changes and Devices continued...
· Perfect cadence in dominant key bar 23¹-
24 represented as V-V-I .
· Bar 29 relative minor of D, B.
· Bar 33-36² A major ­ dominant key.
· Bar 42 B major shown by the E# and G#.
· Bar 50-52³ G major ­ subdominant key.
· Bar 52-55 descending sequence also in E
minor.…read more

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