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Henri IV - An unfinished reign

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Branles gays

P.-F. Caroubel

Source : ‘Michael Praetorius: Terpsichore musarum (1612)’; Ricercar Consort & La Fenice; dir. Philippe Pierlot & Jean Tubéry; Ricercar 139124 (1994).

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"After the single branle comes the gay branle which you will dance to the left only, with four steps and a pause in two bars of triple time. To do this, step sideways on the left foot, and, as it receives your weight, make a pied en l'air droit for the first step on the first minim. Then bring the right foot close to the left and make a pied en l'air gauche for the second step on the second minim. Then, step sideways on the left foot, and, as it receives your weight, make a pied en l'air droit for the third step on the third minim. Then bring the said right foot close to the left and make a pied en l'air gauche, and hold this position, preparatory to repeat from the beginning, during the two minim beats which are equivalent to two rests or a pause." (Thoinot Arbeau, Orchésographie, 1589).

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