Jean Hotteterre (died 1720) was a composer and musician
of the Hotteterre family in the court of Louis XIV of
France. He and his brothers Jacques-Martin and Nicolas
made many enhancements to the hautbois, creating an
“indoor” version similar to the shawm. Jean and Michel
Philidore created the oboe.
A minuet, also spelled menuett, is a social dance of
French origin for two people, usually in 3/4 time. The
word was adapted from Italian minuetto and French
menuet, and may have been from French menu meaning
slender, small, referring to the very small steps, or
from the early 17th-century popular group dances called
branle à mener or amener.
"La noce champêtre" (Country Wedding/ Pastoral Hymn) is
a French Sonata and Trio (No. 6) ca. 1700 in 31
movements. This Menuett is movement XIV in the
Although originally written for chamber orchestra, I
created this arrangement for Woodwind Trio (Flute or
Piccolo, Bb Clarinet & Bass Clarinet).