The gavotte and musette(Music for Dancing)


The gavotte became popular around the end of the Baroque period.It was often included in suites.
Another dance,called the musette,developed from the gavotte.It is similar in style,but the bass line contains a repeated note known as a drone.This sometimes makes the music sound a bit like a bagpipe.At around this time in France,a small bagpipe called a musette was very popular.


One of the most famous musettes was written by Johann Sebastian Bach,in his Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach.

Imfromation from:/More Easy Piano Classics , Caroline Phipps , ISBN 0 - 7460 - 1698 - 0