Definition of saraband in English:
1A slow, stately Spanish dance in triple time.
- A sarabande is a two-person dance, popular in the 17th and 18th centuries, and Bergman structures his film around 10 two-person conversations which gradually move closer and closer to the characters - sometimes closer than we would like.
- She appears again in another story, ‘The Comet’, where ‘In a faraway square the mad Tluja, driven to despair by the nagging of small boys, would dance her wild saraband, lifting high her skirt to the amusement of the crowd.’
- In France, the dance became slower and more stately, as did the sarabande on its removal to France from Spain.
1.1A piece of music written for the saraband.
- Because its tempo is that of a sarabande, it actually is much less difficult than most performers think.
- His concertos are made up of strings of juxtaposed contrasting movements (between four and six per concerto) and you sense that he could go on adding more gigues, sarabandes and gavottes without damaging the overall structure.
- Much of it is in dance forms, such as the sarabande, the courante, the menuet, and the gigue - another innovation in French chamber music of that era.
Early 17th century: from French sarabande, from Spanish and Italian zarabanda.
Definition of saraband in:
- US English dictionary
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