Well, the Spencer book says that my piece is found in the Burkhart anthology, and it’s not there. This happens after 11 PM when the library closes. So, I chose the first piece on the list I could find that was located in the Burkhart anthology, “Minuet” from the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach. I had no idea that it was THE famous minuet that I grew up listening to.
The piece is written in binary form with two periods, one period serving as the A section, the other the B section. The A section, from measures 1 to 16, is composed of two repetitive phrases, a and a prime. The antecedent phrase, measures 1 to 8, ends in a half cadence. The consequent phrase, measures 9 to 16, has the exact same melodic material, but ends in a PAC. The two measures are parallel and symmetrical. The entire period is repeated again, with no structural phenomena other than the return of the melodic motive from the antecedent phrase.
The B section, from measures 17 to 32, is also composed of two phrases, b and b prime. The antecedent phrase, measures 17 to 24, ends in a half cadence. The consequent phrase, measures 25 to 32, ends in a PAC. The consequent phrase shares some melodic material with the antecedent phrase, that is moved down a fifth, from measures 21 to 22 and measures 29 to 30. These two phrases are contrasting and symmetrical.
“Minuet” is simple and straightforward. The original notebook served as a birthday gift for Bach’s young second wife.