Minuet (Fr. menuet; Ger. Menuett; It. minuetto; Sp. minuete, minué)
- Meredith Ellis Little
A French dance. In a moderate or slow triple metre, it was one of the most popular social dances in aristocratic society from the mid-17th century to the late 18th. It was used as an optional movement in Baroque suites, and frequently appeared in movements of late 18th-century multi-movement forms such as the sonata, the string quartet, and the symphony, where it was usually paired with a ...