Definition of courante in English:

courante

Syllabification: cou·rante
Pronunciation: /ko͝oˈränt, -ˈrant
 
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noun

  • 1A 16th-century court dance consisting of short advances and retreats.
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    • It supplies descriptions of numerous dances, including the galliarde, volte, and courante, plus musical notation, with the steps and positions clearly defined.
    • The Courante or Coranto was danced with light springing.
    • This is done using courante steps – hopping before each step of the single and the double
  • 1.1A piece of music written for or in the style of a courante, typically one forming a movement of a suite.
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    • Although many late Renaissance dances comprised three strains, binary form came to be used in nearly all dance movements (allemandes, courantes, sarabandes, gigues, etc.) in 17th and 18th-century dance suites.
    • To the traditional form of the suite - allemande, courante, sarabande, and gigue - Bach added an introductory Prélude with a pair of fashionable modern dances.
    • The suites mostly have four short movements, a prelude or allemande, courante, sarabande and gigue, with some variants.

Origin

late 16th century: French, literally 'running', feminine present participle of courir.

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