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Bach French Suite No. 5 in G major - Bourrée

Bach French Suite No. 5 in G major - Bourrée

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French Suite No. 5 Pack

All parts of this Suite are also available individually:

French Suite no. 5 – Allemande
French Suite no. 5 – Courante
French Suite no. 5 – Sarabande
French Suite no. 5 – Gavotte
French Suite no. 5 – Bourrée
French Suite no. 5 – Loure
French Suite no. 5 – Gigue


This is the fifth movement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s French Suite no. 5 in G major, played on piano. It is a ‘Bourrée’: The bourree is a French traditional dance.

The word bourree loosely translated means ‘burly’. Many bourrees therefore have a rather robust and melodic and rhythmically simple theme. Most bourrees are danced in pairs and the music is usually in two-quarter or three-quarter time. Bourrees in three-quarter time are also called ‘Montagnardes’.

The Bourrée was also popular around 1700 in countries outside France, such as the Netherlands and Germany. For example, in the suite works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Outside of France, the bourree is now popular on folk balls in the Netherlands, Belgium (such as Boombal) and Germany.

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