Orchesography 16th-Century French Dance from Court to Countryside

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-08-18
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
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Probably the most valuable book on 16th-century dances and dance music. Describes the galliards, pavans, branles, gavottes, lavolta, basse dance, morris dance, canary, etc., with detailed instructions of steps involved. Throughout the text are references to the practices of 16th-century instrumental music, in addition to 47 dance tunes with 16th-century barring and notation. New introduction and notes by Julia Sutton. New labanotation section by Mireille Backer and Julia Sutton.

Author Biography

Thoinot Arbeau is an anagram of Jehan Tabourot (1519-95), a French cleric who strongly advocated dance for purposes of exercise, courtship and "manly display," declaring it as virile a pursuit as fencing and military marching.

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction to the Dover Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Bibliography (to the First Edition)
Original Title Page
Original Publisher's Note
Orchesography: A Treatise in the Form of a Dialogue
Original Certificate of Copyright
Translator's Notes
Editor's Notes to Dover Edition
Bibliography (Dover Edition)
Introduction to the Labanotation

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