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By Eric J Roth

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Guitar - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Eric J Roth. 21st Century, 20th Century, Contemporary Classical, Impressionistic. Score. 7 pages. Published by Eric J Roth (S0.722871).

Item Number: S0.722871

This Gigue is thefinale of a four-movement sonata composed in 2018. Publication of the entiresonata is forthcoming. In the interim, I am offering three movements – thePassacaglia, Sarabande and Gigue – as single standalone works. I have performedthem in my own concert programs both as part of the larger sonata and on theirown. I believe that they work equally well both ways.

The Gigue form is alively dance in triple meter that stems from the Irish jig. It probablyoriginated in England and Ireland in the 16th century. In the Baroque periodand beyond, composers have often used gigues as the final movement of dancesuites.

The Gigue offered here is a galloping romp in 6/8 time with eighth notesrunning throughout most of the piece. It recalls similar gigues by the lutenistSylvius Leopold Weiss (1687-1750) and the Tarantelle by Johann Kaspar Mertz(1806-1856). (The Tarantella is a similar lively dance form in triple time).

Like the Passacaglia, the Gigue uses an E harmonic minor scale with an added(structural) B flat that helps to blur the sense of strict tonality. The secondsection includes hints of G and B tonal areas before returning to E minor toend the piece.

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