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Saturday, June 24, 2017 Permalink

The Gavotte Connection

The gavotte—like most court dances of the 17th and 18th centuries—was borrowed from the common folk.


It’s usually lively, but can also be slow and tender. In fact, the dance—and the music named for it—has varied widely from place to place over the past 400 years. And it’s still going strong.

In this hour, the unlikely survival of the gavotte, from its origins in the Renaissance, to works by Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and more.

Featured Recordings

Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet  Kirov Orchestra, St. Petersburg; Valery Gergiev Philips 464 726-2 028946472620
Arbeau: Orchesographie, 1589 Florilegio Ensemble Symphonia 02196 8012783021969
Telemann: Wassermuisik New London Consort Decca 0561 028945562124
Bach: Overtures Orchestra of the Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki BIS SACD-1431 7318599914312
Angela Hewitt Plays Bach [for French Suite] Angela Hewitt Hyperion CDS44421/35 034571144214
Rameau: Orchestral Suites  Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Bruggen Glossa GCD 81103 8424562811034
Pachelbel & Fasch [for Suite No.6 In B-Flat For Strings And Continuo] Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra, Jean-Francois Paillard Erato 4509-98475-2 745099847524
Mozart Edition Vol 06 Dances and Marches Vienna Mozart Ensemble,  Willi Boskovsky Philips 422 506-2 028942250628
Con Amore [for Gossec Gavotte] Kyung Wha Chung, Phillip Moll Decca 417 289-2 028947826606 
Tchaikovsky Complete Suites for Orchestra New Philharmonia Orchestra, Antal Dorati Philips 454 253-2 028945425320
Grieg & Sibelius [for Holberg Suite] Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner Philips 412 727-2 028941272720
Faure: Orchestral Works [for Masques and Bermagasques] BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Yan Pascal  Tortelier  Chandos
CHAN 9416
Stravinsky Edition [for Pulcinella] Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Igor Stravinsky Sony  SX22K46290 0074644629026
American Romantics [for Foote Gavotte] Gowanus Arts Ensemble,  Reuben Blundell New Focus 
FCR 166
Schoenberg in Hollywood Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, John Mauceri Decca 448 619-2 028944861921
Lerner & Loewe: My Fair Lady Original London Cast Sony Classics SK 60539 074646053928
Getty: Orchestral Works ([or Ancestor Suite] Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner Pentatone PTC5186356 827949035661

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