- Dance. jig2(def 1).
- Music. a dance movement often forming the conclusion of the classical suite.
Origin of gigue
1675–85; < French, probably < English jig2
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Examples from the Web for gigue
The adagio is a sarabande, and the last movement has the characteristics of the gigue.
The last of the particularly characteristic dances is the Gigue with its counterparts mentioned above.Music: An Art and a Language
Walter Raymond Spalding
The sonata commenced in D minor; in the Gigue there was constant modulation towards G minor.The Pianoforte Sonata
The last movement, still in the same key, is a gigue, thus keeping well in the shadow of the suite.
- a piece of music, usually in six-eight time and often fugal, incorporated into the classical suite
- a formal couple dance of the 16th and 17th centuries, derived from the jig
C17: from French, from Italian giga, literally: a fiddle; see gigot
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