Bach perfectly captures the droning characteristic of the musette, a type of bagpipe, in this piece. He does this by maintaining a slow harmonic rate of change, countering the quick tempo and frequent use of sixteenth notes. Broken octave accompaniment in the left hand, interrupted by unison passages with the right hand, comprises the majority of the dance. Contrasting from the generally simple rhythms and figurations, large leaps and two measures of syncopation are potentially problematic for beginning students. The absence of a melodious line allows the student to focus on other components of the musette.
Caroline Krause, undergraduate piano major, The University of Iowa