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The Gigue is a lively Baroque dance with origins in the British Isle. The dance became largely popular throughout Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries. The gigue is usually in 3/8 or in one of its compound metre derivatives, such as 6/8, 6/4, 9/8 or 12/16. As a musical form the gigue was often used in the stylized dance suite as the last movement. Invariably written in fugal style, the gigues of suites retain the characteristic triple groups of eighth notes. Examples occur in the keyboard suites of J.S. Bach.
|Polyphonic forms||Canon • Canzona • Invention • Fugue • Organum • Ricercar • Round • Sinfornia|
|Sectional forms||Strophic form • Chain form • Binary form • Ternary form • Rondo form • Arch form • Ritornello form|
|Cyclical forms||Ballet • Concerto • Mass • Oratorio • Opera • Requiem • Sonata • Song cycle • Suite • Symphony|
|Bagatelle • Fantasia • Etude • Impromptu • Prelude • Rhapsody • Symphonic poem|
|Dance forms||Allemande • Ballad • Bolero • Contradance • Estampie • Jig • Polka • Waltz|