Dance Music Recordings

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.

Title Composer Instrument Period Ratings
2 Bourrées, B. 160b Frédéric Chopin Piano Romantic
2 Romanian Folk Dances, Op. 8a Béla Bartók Piano 20th Century
3 Ecossaises, Op. 72 no. 3 Frédéric Chopin Piano Romantic
3 Old Viennese Dances Fritz Kreisler Solo Instrument and Piano Early 20th Century
12 Contredanses for Orchestra, WoO 14 Ludwig van Beethoven Orchestra Classical
12 German Dances, WoO 8 Ludwig van Beethoven Orchestra Classical
21 Hungarian Dances, WoO. 1 Johannes Brahms Piano 4 hands Romantic
21 Hungarian Dances, WoO. 1 (orchestral arr.) Johannes Brahms Orchestra Romantic
Allemande, from cello suite BWV 1009, guitar arr. Johann Sebastian Bach Guitar Baroque
Allemande, from cello suite BWV 1011, guitar arr. Johann Sebastian Bach Guitar Baroque
Allemande in A major, HWV 477 Georg Friedrich Händel Harpsichord Baroque
Allemande in A minor, HWV 478 Georg Friedrich Händel Harpsichord Baroque
Almain I John Bull Harpsichord Renaissance
Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No.1 Ottorino Respighi Orchestra Early 20th Century
Boléro de concert, Op. 166 Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély Organ Romantic
Bolero, Op. 19 Frédéric Chopin Piano Romantic
Bourrée Johann Ludwig Krebs Harpsichord Baroque
Bourree from Violin Partita no. 1 , BWV 1002, guitar arr. Johann Sebastian Bach Guitar Baroque
Dances of the League of David, Op. 6 Robert Schumann Piano Romantic
Danse sacrée et danse profane Claude Debussy Harp Late 19th century