minuet and trio

Definition: Minuets can be traced back to the 1600s; it is derived from a three-part (ternary) dance form and may be illustrated as: minuet (A), trio (B, originally played by 3 players), minuet (A). Each section may be further broken down into 3 sub-sections. It is in 3/4 time (triple meter) and often the third movement in Classical symphonies, string quartets or other works.

Examples: "Eine kleine Nachtmusik" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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