Tag: Suite

In music, a suite is an ordered set of instrumental or orchestral pieces normally performed in a concert setting rather than as accompaniment; they may be extracts from a ballet (Nutcracker Suite), incidental music to a play (L’Arlésienne Suites), opera, film (Lieutenant Kije Suite) or video game (Symphonic Suite the Another Story of Shining Force), or they may be entirely original movements (Holberg Suite, The Planets).
In the Baroque era the suite was more precisely defined, with the pieces unified by key, and consisting of dances usually preceded by a prelude or overture. The suite was also known as Suite de danses, Ordre (the term favored by François Couperin) or Partita. In the eighteenth century, the term ouverture or overture may refer to the entire suite, as it does with the orchestral suites of J.S. Bach.
Estienne du Tertre published suyttes de bransles in 1557, giving the first general use of the term “suite” ‘suyttes’ in music, although the usual form of the time was as…