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==The Branles as Musical Forms==
 
==The Branles as Musical Forms==
  
Accoring to Arbeau, every ball began with the same four branles. The [[Double Branle]], the [[Single Branle]], the [[Gay Branle]] and the [[Burgundian Branle]]. Both the Double Branle and the Burgundian Branle have a simple form involving two phrases of two bars each. This form was not sufficiently different to the [[pavan]] to be of interest to composers and so pieces with these names rarely occur in the instrumental books of the time unless they are specifically designed for dancers.
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Accoring to Arbeau, every ball began with the same four branles. The [[Double Branle]], the [[Single Branle]], the [[Gay Branle]] and the [[Burgundian Branle]]. The Double Branle has a simple form involving two phrases of two bars each. This form was not sufficiently different to the [[pavan]] to be of interest to composers and so pieces with these names rarely occur in the instrumental books of the time unless they are specifically designed for dancers.
  
 
The Single Branle, however, consists of a phrase of two bars, followed by a phrase of one bar and appears in numerous places. Likewise the Gay Branle consists of two phrases of two bars each, but in 3/4 time, and so was also widely used.
 
The Single Branle, however, consists of a phrase of two bars, followed by a phrase of one bar and appears in numerous places. Likewise the Gay Branle consists of two phrases of two bars each, but in 3/4 time, and so was also widely used.
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The Burgundian Branle as described by Arbeau is of the same structure as the Double Branle, but played with a lighter feel. Musical sources however often give an irregular structure for this dance.
 
The Burgundian Branle as described by Arbeau is of the same structure as the Double Branle, but played with a lighter feel. Musical sources however often give an irregular structure for this dance.
  
The Scottish Branle as described by Arbeau is in 4/4 time and is split into two repeated sections. The first with musical phrases of 2, 2, 1 and 1 bars, the second with phrases of 2, 1, 1 and 2. The music for the Scottish Branle by [[Estienne du Tertre]], however, appears in 3/4 time. In addition, despite a similarity in structure for one branle, the precise choreography given by Arbeau could not be danced to this music even if the music were in 4/4.
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The Scottish Branle as described by Arbeau is in 4/4 time and is split into two repeated sections. The first with musical phrases of 2, 2, 1 and 1 bars, the second with phrases of 2, 1, 1 and 2. The music for the Scottish Branle by [[Estienne du Tertre]], however, appears in 3/4 time. In addition, despite a similarity in structure for one branle, the precise choreography given by Arbeau could not be danced to this music even if the music were in 4/4. According to Mable Dolmetsch the Branle was referred to as the Brail.
  
 
The Poitou Branle usually has a 9/4 metre, although some settings use 6/4 or even alternate between 6/4 and 9/4. There is a variation called the [[Poitou double Branle]] (''Branle double de Poitou''), which appears exclusively in 6/4.
 
The Poitou Branle usually has a 9/4 metre, although some settings use 6/4 or even alternate between 6/4 and 9/4. There is a variation called the [[Poitou double Branle]] (''Branle double de Poitou''), which appears exclusively in 6/4.
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==Branles not mentioned by Arbeau==
 
==Branles not mentioned by Arbeau==
  
===Branle de Montirandé===
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===Branles de village===
 
===Branles de village===

Revision as of 19:28, 29 June 2005