Pascall's work on this topic will already be familiar to Brahms scholars through his several articles on the dances and their reuse, beginning in the mid-1970s ("Unknown Gavottes by Brahms," Music & Letters 57, no.
Brahms Beyond Mastery: His Sarabande and Gavotte, and its Recompositions.
9) In the works of Corelli's colleague, keyboard player Bernardo Pasquini (1637-1710), there are Variazioni containing unlabelled gavottes
with five or more variations, as well as correntes and allemandes with as many as seven variations.
Later he tried his hand at musical composition, publishing Gavottes
, Minuets, Fugues and Other Short Pieces for the Piano (1885); Narcissus (1888), a comic cantata in the style of George Frideric Handel; and Ulysses: An Oratorio (1904).
Early in the 1900s, the old time form developed with two-steps, gavottes
, mazurkas and quick waltz.
Varying layers of emotion are expressed simultaneously; a fascinating mix of musical styles - ironic gavottes
, gothic horror, glittering salon-music, ardent love- song - imparts a tight, closely-meshed texture to a virtuoso score which advances the action so grippingly.
An extensive use of expressive double stops marks the elegant and ornamentally understated Largo third movement, while the final Tempo Gavotta invokes the spirit of Corelli's gavottes
and features an independent line for the melodic bass instrument.
Me play is given an Edwardian setting, as the spare and spacious open stage of the Majestic Theatre, graced with vertical white hanging banners, becomes a grand ballroom for gavottes
, waltzes and a sumptuous masquerade ball.
He's set minuets and gavottes
and a big waltz number--something of an anachronism since the period is 1794 and social waltzing didn't come in till well after the French Revolution.
It is of course understandable, even desirable, that a performance of these suites should convey something of the technical difficulties they contain, but not to the extent that it detracts from the spirit of the dance that should animate the music, as happens in some of Bylsma's slow allemandes and studied gavottes
For that I studied gavottes
, pavanes - and plenty of Carmen Amaya tapes.
Further, Teck claims that bourees and gavottes
were "stately dances" (p.
Few pieces are substantial; most are simple airs, gavottes
, menuets and musettes that would have been popular in Paris in the mid-century.
was a fun-filled gallop through Mozart; Early Departures was a stunning AIDS piece.
In Amor's Gavottes
, to Mozart's Les petits riens, I kept expecting some point of view to emerge from the pallid dancing, politesse, and perfunctory duest (extend the hand, move the woman's leg).