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A formal dance is organized at Colleen's school.

Everyone dresses up in 18th century garb. The students practice a set of strange dance steps. The dance is called "a minuet". The dance should look like what was performed everywhere throughout Europe at that time, in aristocratic homes and in dance halls of the rich and favoured.

Minuets were the musical accompaniment for a dance form that was all the rage in the aristocracy around the time of J.S. Bach. Bach himself hardly wrote any minuets, but other composers living at the time were commissioned to write literally hundreds of these short musical pieces.

Minuet Dance (YouTube screen shot)If you've never seen a minuet dance, here are some examples:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yurw5Cf4HY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUIfggcILEk&ytbChannel=Mark%20Jackman

Image: screen shot from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yurw5Cf4HY

At first, the students were surprised. Dancing has never been on their programme before. At practice, the boys and the girls eyed each other curiously. Is it all going to work out?

After all the practice, the big evening arrived. Everyone showed up in nice formal dress.

The hall was well decorated. Tall candles on candelabras were lit. The music began, and the lines started forming.

Colleen joined in. She knew the dance and there was a place in the line for her. She liked the music and the fine gestures that went with it.

By the end, she did enjoy the experience. However it was with a twist in her heart, because all evening Colleen wondered if she'd ever meet her fine young man. At the dance, "he" was clearly not there.

At home lying on her bed, a picture came into her head. It was this.

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Springtime Variations, minuet in G major

Revised 2018-01-27


Harpsichord, 432 Hz tuning


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