Sheet Music: Gavotte

TitleGavotte
from French Suite No. 5 in G major
Opus numberBWV 816, Mvmt. 4
ComposerJohann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
InstrumentationFlute duet
KeyG major
RangeD#4–C6
Time signature2/2
Tempo76 BPM
Performance time1:20
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-02-21
Last updated2010-02-21
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Sunday 21 February 2010

Tune of the Day: Gavotte

from French Suite No. 5 in G major by J.S. Bach

This lighthearted gavotte is part of French Suite No. 5 in G major for harpsichord, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach in 1722–1723.

Each of the six French Suites contains the four dance movements that Bach made standard for the genre: Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, and Gigue. In Suite No. 5 Bach inserts three movements between the Sarabande and Gigue. The first of these is the famous Gavotte, a sprightly, French ballroom dance in 2/2 meter with a modulation to the dominant key of D major at the end of the first half.