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Franz Joseph Haydn
Minuet from Symphony No. 45, "Farewell"

Minuets

The minuet is a dance that started in the 1700's in the French court. Gradually, the minuet began to be used for non-dancing purposes, as a musical form -- especially as the third movement of symphonies. Minuets found their way onto the stage, too, in operas, plays, and ballets.

Track list:
Haydn: Symphony #45 (Farewell)
Rameau: Minuet
Boccherini: String Quintet in A
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet
Bizet: L’Arlesienne Suite #2
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Bach: Minuet in G
Schubert: Minuet
Smetana: Minuet
Ravel: Menuet Antique

Classics for Kids Quiz

1. A minuet is an elegant dance performed by couples with music in 3/4 time.

True

False


2.A minuet appears in what section of a four-part symphony?

first

second

third

fourth


3. Minuets are found in stage works such as operas and ballets.

True

False


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