noun (plural pronounced same)
1A French form of country dance, originating in the 18th century and related to the quadrille.
- The contredanse is a French import, with origins in the court of King Louis XIV.
- Again, it never achieved, in Louisiana, the popularity of the danse ronde, no doubt because many of the figures of the contredanse required an even number of couples.
- Both forms of contredanse were performed in France until the Revolution at the end of the eighteenth century.
1.1A piece of music for a contredanse.
- In France, where it was very popular, the contredanse became increasingly formalized during the 18th century, giving rise to contredanse suites by several composers including Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven.
- Although the menuet was more flexible, the contredanse was firmly rooted in this ‘quadratic syntax.’
- Each contredanse consists of a title page, a page for description of the figures, another for the floor plan, and a fourth page for the music…
French, alteration of English country dance, by association with contre 'against, opposite'.
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