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Dance forms with three beats to the bar were remarkably persistent in Western music, until rock and roll proclaimed the triumph of four-four to an apparently willing world. Even if you have the proverbial two left feet you can probably dance something in four-time. But to make elegant patterns in three-time with two feet demanded elegance, poise.
The minuet became popular at the French court in the s, where clearly the Sun King found it a useful way of auditioning female consorts. The court composer Lully accordingly made use of it in ballets and operas the King no doubt appraising discreetly from the royal boxafter which it began to make its way into instrumental works, especially the dance-based suite.
From the suite evolved the symphony and the sonata, where, interestingly, the minuet survived until the turn of the 18thth centuries — as a middle movement in the symphony, but often as a finale in the sonata.
But composers were doing their best to shake its courtly complacently: Mozart by adding complex, driven counterpoint Symphony No. BBC John Jacob Niles - Folk Balladeer Magazine digital editions.
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