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What is a courante?

What is a courante? Here are some definitions.

  1. (music) An old French dance from the late Renaissance and the Baroque era in triple metre.
  2. (music) The second movement of a baroque suite (following the allemande, and before the sarabande)
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As such courtly French dances as the allemande and courante eventually overtook the pavan and galliard in popularity, so they were assimilated into the suite.
After the Pavane came the courante, a court dance performed on tiptoe with slightly jumping steps and many bows and curtseys.
A French courante differed from the Italian, and certain dances were taken at different tempi in different countries.
The suites mostly have four short movements, a prelude or allemande, courante, sarabande and gigue, with some variants.
It was once known as vin de consommation courante or, less formally, vin ordinaire.
Examples of dances include the French courante, sarabande, minuet and gigue.

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