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Henri IV - An unfinished reign

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Branle coupé nommé Cassandre


Source : 'Orchésographie.com’; Compagnie Outre Mesure; dir. Robin Joly; COM & Intégral Classic 221 149 (2005).


Inserted into Thoinot Arbeau's Orchésographie, a treatise on dancing published in 1589 and re-issued in 1596, this branle (a circular dance very much in vogue at society balls) is doubtless the first musical appearance of a melody that quickly became quite popular, and which, accompanied by the lyrics "Vive Henri IV, Vive ce roi vaillant…" ("Long live Henri IV, long live this courageous king), became a rallying-cry for monarchists in the late 18th century and during the Restoration.

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