Minuet Sheet Music

The term 'minuet' refers both to a French social dance which was very popular in the 18th century, and to the music used to accompany it. Like many social dances of the time, the minuet was quickly adopted by composers and transformed into a 'artistic' instrumental form. The first minuets were introduced into operas by Jean Baptiste Lully. Later, the dance came to be an almost unavoidable part of suites (particularly the ones written by Johann Sebastian Bach). The simple 8-bar repetition that conformed the minuet was expanded into three sections, with a middle one providing contrast by means of different orchestration and key. It became common practice to score this middle section for a trio: as a result this part of the minuet came to be called trio, even when the orchestration was totally different. This improved form of minuet eventually became the standard third movements in the four-movement classical symphony scheme, and was the basis for the development of the scherzo form.

Title Composer Instrument Period
2 Menuettes, Op.49 Xaver Scharwenka Piano Romantic
2 Minuets in D major Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach Chamber group Classical
2 Minuets, K.61g Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Classical
2 Minuets, K.604 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Orchestra Classical
2 Minuets, K.463/448c Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Orchestra Classical
2 Minuets, Op.28 Antonín Dvořák Piano Romantic
3 Minuets, BWV 841-843 Johann Sebastian Bach Piano Baroque
3 Minuets, D.380 Franz Schubert Piano Romantic
3 Minuets, K.363 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Orchestra Classical
4 Minuets, K.601 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Orchestra Classical
5 Minuets, D.89 Franz Schubert String Quartet Romantic
6 Menuets extraits des Symphonies d'Haydn Madame Coedes-Mongin Piano Classical
6 Minuets for Guitar and Bass Manuel José Vidigal Chamber group Classical
6 Minuets, K.599 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Orchestra Classical
6 Minuets, K.164/130a Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Orchestra Classical
6 Minuets, K.461/448a Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Orchestra Classical
6 Minuets, WoO 10 Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Classical
7 Minuets, K.61b Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Chamber group Classical
8 Minuets, K.315a/315g Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Classical
10 Minuets, Hob.IX:22 Franz Joseph Haydn Piano Classical