Las Dansas barrocas
SUITES OF DANCES
"By respecting the inherent nature of each dance,
the interpreter will find the contrast of tempos
which brings variety within the Suite."
Books and publications
Rechtschaffener Tanzmeister, oder, gründliche Erklärung der frantzösischen Tantz-Kunst, Gottfried Taubert , Leipzig, 1717
Musicalisches Lexicon, J.G. Walther, Leipzig, 1732
An essay for the further improvement of dancing being a collection of figure dances, of several numbers, compos'd by the most eminent masters; describ'd in characters after the newest manner of Monsieur Feuillet , Raoul-Auger Feuillet
Recueil de dances , Raoul-Auger Feuillet, Paris, 1700
Apologie de la danse, F de Lauze (1623)
An Easy Introduction to Dancing: or the Movements in the Minuet Fully Explained, George Bickham, London, 1738
To understand the choregraphie of the danses, one has to follow the drawings. There is not only one choregraphie possible, it varies depending on the country and the dancers.
The importance is to get into the spirit of each dance by understanding the style, tempo, rythmic.
"The passion or emotion in which a Courante should be performed is sweet hope. The melody has something heartfelt, yearning and pleasing : the many elements make up hope." Johann Mattheson , 1739, Hambourg
Small steps, to the side and sometimes back-and-forth.
Two types of courante:
- French : 3/2 ou 6/4 , tempo moderate
- Italian : 3/4 ou 3/8 , faster tempo
"the most serious one can find."
J.G. Walther, Musicalisches Lexicon, Leipzig, 1732
*Nuove inventioni di balli, de Cesare Negri Milanese, 1604