Definition of gavotte in English:
1A medium-paced French dance, popular in the 18th century.
- Despite the fact that her head was beginning to pound horridly, she determinedly held her head high and slowly danced the gavotte perfectly without letting the book fall.
- Before the mid-17th century a gavotte usually followed a series of branles, a dance to which it was closely related, and was performed in a line or circle.
- A group of dancers in period costumes will recreate baroque dances including a minuet and a gavotte.
1.1A piece of music accompanying or in the rhythm of a gavotte, composed in common time beginning on the third beat of the bar.
- Composers who wrote instrumental gavottes include François Couperin, Rameau, Purcell, Pachelbel, and J. C. F. Fischer.
- He had recently orchestrated a gavotte with variations by Rameau, and had completed his Second Symphony, begun over five years before, but left unfinished until now.
- The Scherzo is not in triple time and indeed sounds more like the gavotte in Prokofiev's Classical Symphony, years before the fact.
Definition of gavotte in:
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