Music and Choreography examples and due dates:
Journal Entry 1 (due Feb. 4):
Bourée – Score: Bourée d’Achille – Score bourée only
Choreography: Bourée d’Achille – Notation.pdf
Gavotte – Score:Entrée pour une femme – score(Gavotte)
Choreography: Entrée pour une femme – choreography
Purpose of these assignments: To focus on the relationship between dance steps and the music that accompanies them in order to gain a deeper understanding of how baroque dance might inform your musical performances; and to provide a quick reference for future use.
Form: These assignments, to be handed in on the due dates marked on the course schedule, should include:
A) A copy of the dance piece provided on the website with appropriate phrase markings, step abbreviations if desired for clear illustration, and any other insights pertaining to the music.
B) A typewritten page with the answers and observations to the questions below.
C) The choreography, but only if it elucidates your points.
Assignment: Study the music and choreography examples hyperlinked at the top of this page and answer the following questions. (Please answer in full sentences.)
1) What is the overall form of the music? Does the dance follow the same form (look at the music at the top of each dance page to compare)? (AABB, AABB+petite reprise, rondeau form, tri-partite, through-composed, etc.)
2) What stylistic features define this particular dance type (answers should be based on your readings and other class information)?
3) What is the character of the dance and music(lively, grave, flowing, majestic, playful, etc.)? What sort of character(s) might dance this dance, and why do you think so? (A noble woman/man? Peasants? Sun King? Harlequin? Shepherd/Shepherdess? Drunkard? Lover(s)? Magician? etc.)
4) What might the tempo be (very slow, slow, moderate, fast, very fast, etc.) and why do you think so?
a) Mark the phrasing (consider the melody and harmony), indicating full and half cadences. Are the phrases regular (four-bar phrases) or are they irregular?
b) How do the dance steps reflect the phrasing, or do they? In what part of the phrase are the most active steps? The most flowing? Steps of repose? Any counter-rhythms between the steps and the music? Anomalies? etc. (answer to the best of your ability; this will get easier as your step vocabulary and knowledge increases)
6) How would your knowledge of baroque dance at this juncture affect your instrumental/vocal performance of this particular dance type?
7) Other reflections? Surprises?