Suite music

In music, the terms 'suite' refers to a set of instrumental pieces, written for either a soloist. or a group of players (chamber orchestra, band, symphonic orchestra). The first suites date from the 14th century, and were often a simple set of ordered dances. By the Baroque period, though, the suite had become an important musical form, with a tonal relation between pieces. Terms that were often interchangeably used with 'suite' were 'ordre', 'partita', and sometimes 'overture'. During the Classical and early Romantic periods, the Suite fell out of use, with the symphony being a much more popular -and structurally coherent- type of multi movement work. The form was later revived in a slightly different form, no longer incorporating dances but simply many movements, or extracts from Operas and Ballets, or incidental music.
Popular composers Johann Sebastian Bach  ·  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ·  Claude Debussy  ·  Georg Friedrich Händel  ·  Camille Saint-Saëns  ·  Antonín Dvořák  ·  Robert Schumann  ·  Edvard Grieg  ·  Sergei Rachmaninoff  ·  Maurice Ravel  ·  Edward Elgar  ·  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  ·  Jules Massenet  ·  Henry Purcell  ·  John Philip Sousa  ·  Béla Bartók  ·  Max Reger  ·  Isaac Albéniz  ·  Gustav Holst  ·  Georges Bizet  ·  Modest Mussorgsky  ·  Aleksandr Glazunov  ·  Enrique Granados  ·  Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély  ·  Jean-Philippe Rameau  ·  Edward MacDowell  ·  Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka  ·  François Couperin  ·  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach  ·  Christoph Willibald Gluck  ·  Denis Pisarevsky  ·  Léon Boëllmann  ·  Alfredo D'Ambrosio  ·  Louis-Nicolas Clerambault  ·  Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens  ·  York Bowen  ·  Louis de Caix d'Hervelois  ·  Alberto Nepomuceno  ·  François Campion  ·  Louis Théodore Gouvy  ·  Michael Praetorius  ·  Alessandro Poglietti  ·  Ernst Halven  ·  Ladislav Gabrielli  ·  Edward German  ·  Cyril Bradley Rootham
Instruments Cello  ·  Chamber group  ·  Choir and Orchestra  ·  Flute  ·  Guitar  ·  Harpsichord  ·  Lute  ·  Oboe  ·  Open Instrumentation  ·  Orchestra  ·  Organ  ·  Piano  ·  Piano 4 hands  ·  Piano and orchestra  ·  Solo Instrument and Piano  ·  String Orchestra  ·  String Quartet  ·  Violin  ·  Wind Ensemble
Periods 20th Century  ·  21st Century  ·  Baroque  ·  Classical  ·  Early 20th Century  ·  Late 19th century  ·  Renaissance  ·  Romantic