Haute Dance

Composer: 

Year Authored (or revised): 

2012

Instrumentation : 

Baroque violin, tenor viola da gamba, and theorbo

Duration (min): 

14

First Performance: 

Oct. 5th, 2012 by Chatham Baroque (Pittsburgh, PA)

PART I: HAUTE DANCES

I.             Beanchaes Brawl
II.           Haut Gavotte
III.          Double Branle
IV.          Krrranto (coranto)
V.           The Queen’s Pleasure
               aka “The Betty Hop” (lavolta)

PART II: BASSE DANSE

VI.          Basse Danse: piangere infinito
             (or: "Dancing with Tears in my Eyes")     

Composer's note:

In composing this suite I was particularly interested in the category of Renaissance dances known as the haute danse.  These were lively, energetic dances – indeed, often quite athletic - with leaps, spins, and lifts.  These contrasted with the basse danse: slow, stately dances in which the dancers' feet did not leave the ground. There were numerous forms of each, varying in style, choreography, and also regionally.

 

Haute Dance was commissioned by the Chatham Baroque New Works Program, with generous funding provided by The Fine Foundation and The UPMC Health Plan.

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