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Introduction to Baroque Dance


Sarah Lawrence College Dance Dept.
Composition class    January 30, 2001
Pat Rader, guest instructor

Composition techniques in Baroque dance -- preparation for choreography project to Lully's music this term

Notated dances of French Baroque choreographers such as Raoul-Auger Feuillet, Louis-Guillaume Pécour, Anthony L'Abbé and Pierre Beauchamp focus on: Characteristics of Baroque dance which can be seen in paintings, prints, sculpture, and literature: Music for Baroque dances include these types:  Bourée, Canary, Chaconne, Courante, Entrée, Forlana, Gavotte, Gigue, Loure, Minuet, Passacaille, Passapied, Rigaudon, Saltarelle, Sarabande, Venitienne.  Further information can be found in The International Encyclopedia of Dance and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

If there is time at the end of class, try a composition excercise to Lully's March Royale; musical form: AA B A B A


For future work on Baroque dance with reconstructors/dancers/restagers, see Society of Dance History Scholars Early Dance Working Group, http://www.sdhs.org

Books which may be of help for this project include:



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