Sheet Music: Allemande

from Cello Suite No. 1 in G major
Opus numberBWV 1007, Mvmt. 2
ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature2/2
Tempo40 BPM
Performance time3:15
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-09-21
Last updated2009-09-21
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Allemandes, Baroque


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Thursday 24 September 2009

Tune of the Day: Allemande

from Cello Suite No. 1 in G major by J.S. Bach

An allemande (from the French word for “German”), also spelled allemanda or almain, is one of the most popular instrumental dance forms in Baroque music, and a standard element of a suite. Originally, the allemande formed the first movement of the suite, before the courante, but later it was often preceded by an introductory movement, such as a prelude; this is the case in Bach's Cello Suites.

The allemande originated in the 16th century (Renaissance) as a duple meter dance of moderate tempo, derived from dances supposed to be favored in Germany at the time. No German dance instructions from this era survive, but 16th century French and British dance manuals for the almain do survive. In general the dancers formed a line of couples, extended their paired hands forward, and paraded back and forth the length of the room, walking three steps, then balancing on one foot.

Other Movements from the same Work

1.Prelude Flute solo
2.Allemande Flute solo
3.Courante Flute solo
4.Sarabande Flute solo
5.Menuets I and II Flute solo
6.Gigue Flute solo