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This question is about a type of Baroque dance called Echo. For example, Bach: Overture in the French Style in B Minor, BWV 831 - VIII. Echo.

Why it is called Echo? I searched in wikipdiea, but out of hundreds of entries titled "echo", I cannot find the Baroque dance.

PS: If "Echo" means the reflection of sound waves, that's a very beautiful word.

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Echo pieces usually have, as in this one, a short praise that is repeated, often softer, as if an echo. In Bach's piece the repeat is not literal. You will hear it at the end of longer praises when the last beat is repeated softer and without harmony. Bach cleverly messes with the metre during these echo moments.

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Echo (see Collins dictionary) derives from the Greek word ἠχώ, and means a softer, delayed repetition of the same sound, in the physical sense caused by reflection. So it does not relate to a dance.

Bach was apparently fond of that effect, since the Christmas oratorio (wikipedia) has an extra echo soprano repeating, what the first soprano sung before.

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