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Basse danse and odd Cascarde

Submitted by Katherina Weyssin on June 9, 2011 - 1:42pm
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We (Katherina, Anna, Caterine and William) were all a little under the weather this week, so we took it fairly easy.


We warmed up with Anello and Rostiboli Gioioso.

Then Fulgente Stella, one of Caroso's many cascarde. Fulgente Stella is unusual for two reasons:

  1. The text gives instructions for either two or four people (we did the four-person version, rather than dance as two separate couples)
  2. The music starts each verse in compound duple (the usual rhythm for cascarde) then changes to simple duple part way through. The same step can have different rhythms when it occurs in different parts of the verse - a little challenging, but very pretty.


One cascarda was enough jumping for us for the evening, so we decided to refresh our memory of 15th C French Basse Danse, with Alenchon. We've barely touched this genre for a couple of years, so it was good to see the style come back quickly.


After Alenchon, Anna ran quickly through Cesarina, with Katherina and William between them nearly managing to be one competent partner for her, before we called it a night.

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