Gigue in F




This gigue takes its inspiration from the popular Baroque dance.  A gigue was often included in the suites or collections of short dances composed by Bach, Zipoli and other composers of that era.  Because of the gigue’s lively rhythm and sassiness, they were often written as the final selection in a suite, bringing the collection to a close with a touch of bravura.

This gigue is not easy.  The cascade of notes in the right hand continues relentlessly without pause, there is minimal ritenuto and tonal change … which is in conformity with music of the Baroque era.   But it is a wonderfully lively and appealing piece and I have included it here as a challenge to more advanced students.

To learn this piece quickly, the student must observe all fingerings from the moment he sits down at the piano. Finger/muscle memory must be established from the beginning. This is crucial.  Once launched into the music, there are no pauses and no going back.  The pianist will hurtle forward without respite.

But the reward awaits  … and it’s worth it.


Gigue clip


Note:   This is an unusual 12/8 time signature.  This introduces a subtlety of rhythm which would have been appreciated in the Baroque era.  The performer should stress the first and third beats, with the third, slightly less stressed.   A simple 6/8 time would miss this slight variance in emphasis.

Gigue in F

Click above link to download full score.






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