baroque dance videos?

Grace said: Jun 20, 2008
 Violin
110 posts

Sparked by the recent “Mignon” thread, I have been searching youtube and google for any online videos of baroque dance, but coming up empty. I think it would help my students SO much to get the spirit of the music if they could watch a minuet or gavotte being danced (and all the better if there are big poofy dresses and wigs involved!) Does anyone have any ideas?

said: Jun 20, 2008
 103 posts

Oh that would be so fun to see! I’m sorry I don’t have any ideas of any video’s etc. out there that would show this.

But I wonder if some of those medieval (sp?) dance society’s does minuet’s or gavottes (they do dances kind of like what you’d see in the new “Pride & Prejudice” movie—or the old A&E version, though maybe slightly slower???

I hope someone has some ideas!

Debbie said: Jun 20, 2008
Debbie MiViolin
138 posts

There are a series of videos made by a piano teacher, Maurice Hinson

Grace said: Jun 20, 2008
 Violin
110 posts

I tried to google Maurice Hinson, but I couldn’t find those dance videos… do you have any leads where to find them?

At one of the summer institutes I attended a few years ago, there was a workshop for the kids to learn the steps to baroque dance (minuet, gavotte, bourree, etc.) and the teacher was a wonderful woman who had big poofy dresses and powdered wigs, and it was just the most awesome thing! I mean, you really UNDERSTAND why the minuet is in 3 beats or why the gavotte has that 2 beat upbeat… such a powerful learning experience!

Debbie said: Jun 21, 2008
Debbie MiViolin
138 posts

Maurice Hinson has a lot of music published through Alfred. I looked it up on the Alfred website, and what they have is a series of piano books with DVDs included, one for each period of western music history. The baroque book includes a lecture that he gave where, after he explains each one, he plays on the keyboard while dancers in period costumes dance. I watched several of these dvds sometime in the past, and they are excellent!!! He is a fantastic teacher, and I learned a lot about musicianship from these dvds.

Connie Sunday said: Jun 22, 2008
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

Here is it:

Anthology of Baroque Keyboard Music with Performance Practices in Baroque Keyboard Music (with Bonus Lecture on Baroque Dance)

A more extensive list of materials edited by Maurice Hinson may be found here:

http://beststudentviolins.com/Hinson.html

..which includes a link to an interview with Dr. Hinson.

Looks like really wonderful material. Thank you!

Free Handouts for Music Teachers & Students:
http://beststudentviolins.com/library.html#handouts

said: Jun 24, 2008
 5 posts

Here are some wonderful baroque dance videos on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_mP7PdpEdg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_QDJsZ9bfQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THiStujzGTU

Enjoy! :D :)

Classical guitarist and teacher,

MH

The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.
- Johann Sebastian Bach

Grace said: Jun 24, 2008
 Violin
110 posts

Those are PERFECT! Thank you so much.

If anyone can find any dance videos with Suzuki music, please share! (The first video is La Folia, which will be great to show my Book 6 kids…)

said: Jun 28, 2008
 5 posts

You’re welcome. :oops: :)

The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.
- Johann Sebastian Bach

Connie Sunday said: Jun 28, 2008
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

FWIW, the masters program at UNT (University of North Texas in Denton, TX) has a graduate class in Baroque performance practice, and the students do some baroque dancing. With my MS, I didn’t have to dance, but just sat at the piano. It was pretty funny. :D

Free Handouts for Music Teachers & Students:
http://beststudentviolins.com/library.html#handouts

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