A lively piece of music in the style of a dance, typically of the Renaissance or baroque period, and usually in compound time.
- Much of it is in dance forms, such as the sarabande, the courante, the menuet, and the gigue - another innovation in French chamber music of that era.
- The concluding gigue was especially vivacious.
- The suites mostly have four short movements, a prelude or allemande, courante, sarabande and gigue, with some variants.
Late 17th century: French, literally 'jig'.
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