Dance music

There exists evidence of the use of music as a means to accompany dance in ancient times and throughout all recorded history. In Western academic music tradition, the composition of dance pieces and the establishment of dance forms is usually the outcome of the mutual influence that academic and popular music have on each other. The result is that sometimes a dance form will acquire a level of complexity and musical detail that may render some expressions of it as unable to actually accompany the activity of dance. In other words: Western classical music often takes popular dance forms and, using their formal structure and musical language as a basis, creates pieces meant for a sitting audience. Many of these musical expressions are of a nationalistic nature.
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Popular composers Johann Sebastian Bach  ·  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ·  Ludwig van Beethoven  ·  Frédéric Chopin  ·  Franz Schubert  ·  Johannes Brahms  ·  Franz Liszt  ·  Claude Debussy  ·  Franz Joseph Haydn  ·  Georg Friedrich Händel  ·  Christoph Graupner  ·  Camille Saint-Saëns  ·  Antonín Dvořák  ·  Robert Schumann  ·  Edvard Grieg  ·  Johann Strauss Jr  ·  Sergei Rachmaninoff  ·  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ·  John Philip Sousa  ·  Erik Satie  ·  Gioachino Antonio Rossini  ·  Henry Purcell  ·  Cécile Chaminade  ·  Béla Bartók  ·  Isaac Albéniz  ·  Max Reger  ·  Agustin Barrios Mangore  ·  Michel Rondeau  ·  Niccolò Paganini  ·  Carl Maria von Weber  ·  Alexander Scriabin  ·  Muzio Clementi  ·  César Franck  ·  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ·  Stephen Foster  ·  Jean Sibelius  ·  Enrique Granados  ·  Claudio Monteverdi  ·  William Byrd  ·  César Cui  ·  Moritz Moszkowski  ·  Jacques Offenbach  ·  Aleksandr Glazunov  ·  Bedřich Smetana  ·  George Gershwin  ·  Mauro Giuliani  ·  Francisco Tárrega  ·  Ferruccio Busoni  ·  Stephen Heller  ·  Charles-Valentin Alkan
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