Saturday, March 12, 2005

Jigs & Gigues

Most of us folk musicians think of Irish traditions at mention of the word “jig.” A jig is a lively tune in 6/8 time (and a corresponding dance) with centuries of legacy throughout the British Isles.

Interestingly, the court of Louis XIV (the “Sun King,” who reigned for 72 years until his death in 1715) in France popularized a form of it as a slower couples dance. They called it a “gigue.” From there, it made its way into the works of J.S. Bach and other revered composers. The “gigue” was the concluding movement of some of their suites.

I suppose that’s one of the things that comfort me about music -- everything's connected. Or should be. . . .


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