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pavane

Line breaks: pav¦ane
Pronunciation: /pəˈvan
 
, -ˈvɑːn/
(also pavan /ˈpav(ə)n/)

Definition of pavane in English:

noun

1A stately dance in slow duple time, popular in the 16th and 17th centuries and performed in elaborate clothing.
Example sentences
  • Children also took part in period dances including the lively farandole from Provence and the slower pavan, both dating back to the time of Tudor kings and queens.
  • We danced a pavan, but it never worked with three either.
  • He described the pavan as a processional dance in duple time, with two single steps and one double step forwards, followed by the same sequence in reverse.
1.1A piece of music for a pavane: the repertory consists mainly of pavanes and galliards
More example sentences
  • He produced many fine sets of variations on popular melodies and ground basses as well as stylized dance music (especially pavans and galliards).
  • He too composed a pavan and galliard for the Earl.
  • The range of Orlando Gibbons can be savoured first in another expressive and touching pavan.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French pavane, from Italian pavana, feminine adjective from Pavo, dialect name of Padua.

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