MELODIC MINUET

MELODIC MINUET
It’s time to perform music that has 3 beats in each measure.

Remember, music with three beats in a measure has a strong emphasis on the down-beat. 
Three-Beat Patterns  are conducted like drawing triangles.
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The Minuet is a graceful dance.
Toe pointing, bowing and balancing are often included as part of the minuet dance motions.
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The first two measures and the last measure of Melodic Minuet are shown below.
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The music indicates to perform gracefully.
Basses perform Pizzicato, which serves to emphasize the down-beats. 
The Cellos perform  the OOM – pah – pah rhythm.
In the last measure, crescendo is enhanced by the dramatic whipping Fouetté bow stroke.
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The Minuet is a slow dance from the 17th and 18th centuries, popular in France. Minuets are stately. Short dance steps, combined with posed stances and positions, are performed during the dance.

In French, Minuet is spelled Menuet, derived from the word menu, which means small, relating to the small steps performed.

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