Wondering are the twenty or so dances from Brahms Hungarian Dances are they really dances? I was searching on this subject nothing could point me that are dances only to the name. If they're not real dances why were they called as such? Can someone help me clear up this matter?


As I understand it, these pieces were composed by Brahms after being inspired by some Hungarian folk tunes and dance tunes. I think it is unlikely that he ever seriously considered whether anyone could actually dance with these pieces as accompaniment, and really that is not important.

You might also like to look at a lot of other classical pieces which have names which might imply that they are "dances", such as minuets, gavottes and sarabandes (e.g. by Bach and many others of that period). They might have been inspired by actual dances, but although the pieces themselves follow the rhythms of various dances, they were never really intended to be danced to.

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  • Actually, very few of the Hungarian Dances themes are actually Hungarian. Many of the are Gypsy. – user1803551 Dec 19 '15 at 19:26

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