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Uploaded on Dec 2, 2018
Delibes' Six airs de danse dans le style ancien (Six Dance Tunes in The Old Style) were written as incidental music for the 1882 revival of Victor Hugo's play "Le roi s'amuse" (The Kind has Fun). The play is about a hunchbacked court jester, and is set in Paris in the 1520's. In a clever, light-hearted manner, Delibes here freely imitates the French music of an earlier period. The passepied, a lively Baroque dance in triple time, is treated here as a melodious dance in common time with broken-chordal accompaniment. It is written in ternary from (ABA'), with the outer sections in C sharp minor and the central section in the submediant A major (b. 26). The A section is itself ternary, having a middle phrase in the relative major E (b. 10). when the A section returns (b. 34), it is modified from b. 50, particularly in harmony, to form a suitable ending.
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