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Views Read Edit View history. In the late 16th century in England the branle was mentioned by Shakespeare Love’s Labour’s Lost3. Brit Among the dance’s courtly relations may be the basse danse and the passepied Scholes which latter, though it is in triple time, Rabelais and Thoinot Arbeau identify as a type of Breton brale. Before this the word is encountered in dance only as the “swaying” step of the basse danse.

Contents 1 Performances 1. A variety of branles, attributed to different regions, were danced in sequence, so that the suite of branle music gives one of the earliest examples of the classical suite of dances.

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Some of these dances were reserved bran,e specific branls groups – the branle de Bourgogne, for instance, for the youngest dancers. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. But of thousands of lute pieces from England only 18 were called branle, though one called “courant” is known from continental sources as a branle Craig-McFeelychapter 2, note Wikipedia articles needing page number citations from October Wikipedia articles needing page number citations from January Articles with incomplete citations from May Lz articles with incomplete citations Use dmy dates from April Branle music is generally in common time somewhat like the gavottethough some variants, like that of Poitou, are in triple time Scholes The branle was danced by a chain of dancers, usually in couples, with linked arms or holding hands.

This is danced in duple time, and as described by Arbeau has a similar structure to the double branle.

The term also refers to the music and the characteristic step of the dance. On the other hand, Arbeau identifies some branles as adapted to ballet and mime. The Branle seems to have travelled to Scotland and survived for some time as the brail. The name branle derives from the French verb branler to shake, wave, sway, wag, wobblereferring to the side-to-side movement of a circle or chain of dancers holding hands or linking arms Enc.


Renaissance dance Renaissance music Triple time dances French dances Dance forms in classical music. In John Marston ‘s The Malcontentact 4, scene 2, the character Guerrino describes the steps of a dance called Beanchaes brawl Bianca’s branle:. When his student Capriol asks whether the Maltese branle is native to Malta, rather than just “a fanciful invention for a ballet”, Arbeau replies that he “cannot believe it to be other than a ballet” Arbeau If performed I would look forward about a small reference to my efforts.

Praetorius – Bransle de la Torche from Terpsichore sheet music for Oboe –

There are even a few late examples in Beauchamp-Feuillet notation invented insuch as Danses nouvelles presentees au Roy c. He also describes a “Hermit” branle based upon mime. There were several well-established branle suites of up to ten dances; the Branles de Torcnethe Branles de Campthe Branles de Hainaut and the Branles d’Avignon.

The opening is the same as the Maltese branle described by Arbeau, but starting with “three singles side”, there is an interpolation of “something presumably more athletic”. Naxos Javascript not enabled.

Bransle de la Torche, TMA 15 (Praetorius, Michael)

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Dances of this name are encountered from about and the term is used for dances still danced in France today Heartz By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Retrieved from ” https: The second Version has in brranle repeats diminutions! Work Title Bransle de la Torche Alt ernative.

Branles were danced walking, running, gliding, or skipping depending on the speed of the music. These file s are part of the Werner Icking Music Collection.


Arbeau gives choreographies for eight branles associated with specific regions; the Burgundian see above or Champagne, the Haut Barrois, the Montardon, the Poitou, the Maltese, the Scottish and the Trihory of Brittany; he also mentions four others without describing their steps; the branles of Camp, Hainaut, Avignon, and Lyon Arbeau—36, —53,tprche Most of these dances seem to have a genuine connection to the region: The first detailed sources for the dance’s steps are found in Arbeau’s famous text-book Orchesography.

Arranger Dillon Upton after Michael Praetorius The double branle had a simple form involving two phrases of two bars each. Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial 4. Dances ; For 5 instruments ; Re with open instrumentation ; For 5 se ; For 5 recorders arr lz Scores featuring the recorder ; For oboe, harpsichord arr ; Scores featuring the oboe ; Scores featuring the harpsichord ; For 2 players ; For 2 lutes arr ; Scores featuring the lute ; For 2 guitars arr ; Scores featuring the guitar.

Some aristocratic branles included pantomime elements, such the branle de Poitou, the possible ancestor of the minuet, which acts out gestures of courtship. Such suites generally ended branlee a gavottewhich seems then to have been regarded as a species of branle. It is unknown how many, or if any, of the works in the collection were actually composed by Praetorius as opposed to being popular dance tunes arranged by him.

Praetorius – Bransle de la Torche from Terpsichore sheet music for Oboe

In French lute-tablature Unisono. Although originally French dances of rustic provenance, danced to the dancers’ singing, the branle was adopted, like other folk-dances, into aristocratic use by the time that printed books allow us to reconstruct the dances.

Javascript is required for this feature. Arranger Michel Rondeau after Michael Praetorius