Musical Form: Classical & Romantic Eras: Bagatelle

A bagatelle is a short piece of music, typically for the piano, and usually of a light, mellow character. The name bagatelle literally means a “a short unpretentious instrumental composition” as a reference to the light style of a piece. Although bagatelles are generally written for solo piano, they have also been written for piano four hands, harpsichord, harp, organ, classical guitar, vibraphone, unaccompanied oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, various chamber-music configurations, orchestra, band, voice and piano, and a capella choir.

“Les Bagatelles” from the 10th Ordre by Francois Couperin.


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