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Henri IV - An unfinished reign

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Voltes

P.-F. Caroubel

Source : ‘Michael Praetorius: Terpsichore musarum (1612)’; Ricercar Consort & La Fenice; dir. Philippe Pierlot & Jean Tubéry; Ricercar 139124 (1994).

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"The lavolta is a kind of galliard familiar to the people of Provence, which, like the tordion, is danced in triple time. The movements and steps of this dance are made while turning the body and consist of two steps, a rest for the saut majeur, a pieds joints and finally two rests or pauses. To understand the above place yourself, hypothetically, facing me with pieds joints. For the first step, make a rather short pied en l'air while springing on your left foot and at the same time turning your left shoulder towards me. Then take a rather long second step with your right foot, without springing, and in so doing, turn your back to me. Then make the saut majeur, while turning your body, and alight pieds joints with your right shoulder towards me. Thus the first turn is accomplished.
"After this first turn, which is a three quarter one, you will make the second turn by a pied en l'air, rather short as before, while springing on your left foot, and in so doing turn facing me. Then you will take a rather long second step with your right foot, without springing, and at the same time turn your left shoulder to me. Then you will make the saut majeur, while turning your body, and alight pieds joints with your back towards me.
"For the third turn and cadence you will make a rather short pied en l'air for the first step while springing on your left foot and turning your right side towards me. Then take a rather long second step on the right foot, without springing, and in doing so face me. Then you will make the saut majeur, while turning your body, and alight pieds joints with your left shoulder towards me. "For the fourth turn and cadence you will execute a rather short pied en l'air for the first step, springing on your left foot and in so doing turn your back to me. Then you will make the second step, rather long, on your right foot, without springing, at the same time turning the right shoulder towards me. Then you will make the saut majeur, while turning your body, and alight pieds joints facing me as you were at the beginning. And, to conclude, you see that in four phrases you can return to the same place and position in which you were when you commenced." (Thoinot Arbeau, Orchésographie, 1589).

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