Renaissance Section

The polyphonic (voice entering at different places) style of composition rose to prominence during this period. There is also a great deal of homophony (all part play similar rhythm and chordal structure) in music for dancing.  You will find an incomplete Terpsichore 'project' here. 

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Kemp's Jig

There are two English Renaissance tune which bear the name, Kemp's Jig. One is in common time and in a major key. This tune appears to be associated with a William Kemp who was one of the clowns in Shakespears acting company. He seems to have pulled a "publicity stunt" by dancing from one town to another. 

The other tune is found in "Playford's Dancing Master". This tune is in a 6/8 meter and a minor key.

It would be great to believe that I am related to William Kemp but I doubt it.

I enjoyed this project however and hope the you enjoy playing 'Kemp's Jig(s)' 

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Terpsichore I a 5

This Suite of Bransle is very unusual to find as a unit. They are lively dances which progress in tempo and offer plenty of opportunity for ornamentation. Great Fun.

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Terpsichore II a 5

This suite of Bransle - Simple de Novelle were collected and harmonized by Praetorious for his use at royal dances. It is unusual to see them as intended.

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Terpsichore III a 5

This is a suite of Bransle simple de Poicu which means (I think) that they were collect from the region of Poicu. Praetorious harmonized and published them in 1621.

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Terpsichore IV a 5

This Suite of Bransle Simple tunes were collected and harmonized by Michael Praetorious. Lively and Lovely.

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Terpsichore V a 5

A suite of Bransle Gay which I have never seen together before. 

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Terpsichore VI a 5

Terpsichore Vi a 5 is a SAATB collection of  'Bransle double'. Praetorius provided the lower voices of this lively group.

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Terpsichore VII a 5

Praetorius provided the lower voices of this collection of 'Bransle Courant' which appear to be lively triple meter dances.

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Terpsichore VIII a 5

Praetorious collected "Bransle Gay Double" and provided the lower voices. These are lively triple meter dances set as SAATB.

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Terpsichore XII a 4

Praetorious has set these 'Bransle Simple' for 4 voices utilizing many of the same tunes contained in the 'Bransle Simple' for 5 voices. So… there must have been a problem of having enough players 400 years ago or so. Great for early players. 

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Terpsichore XIII a 4

"Bransle Gentil" are dances in a triple or duple meter but in either case they are slow. (for the older crowd)  

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Terpsichore XIV a 5

"Bransle de Villages" suggest a decidedly rural flavor. Tunes are lively but that is all I can discern from the melodies or harmonies. 

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Terpsichore XIX a 5

'Bransle de la Schappe' comes from another region of Germany (I think). The tunes are simple and in triple meter. Very good for early recorder players.

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Terpsichore XVII a 4

'Dances for the King' (Bransle de la Royne) would have been used for the dancing of nobles certainly not for common people. The collection is lovely and set for 4 voices.

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Terpsichore XVIII a 5

'Bransle Loraine" are collected from the region of Loraine which is now in France. Lively seems to be the default setting for most Bransle tunes.

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Terpsichore XX a 4

'Bransle de la Grenee' is a collection from the Grenee region. Easy and lively. Good fun.

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Terpsichore XXI a 5

'Bransle de Picardie' is a collection marked 'Spirito' so maybe these be called spirited rather than lively. ( lol )

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Terpsichore XXIII - La Robine

There are 4 seperate dances of this name. One with 5 voices and three with 4 voices. These are very good for early players.

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Terpsichore XXX a 4

'Pavane De Spaigne' is a collection of slow stately dances from Spain. Try them you will like them!

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Terpsichore XXXII a 4

Yes, this is the famous 'Bouree' found very commonly in lots of collections. Great Fun. It was this dance more than any other that convinced me that the 'Terpsichore' collection was already available.

Please download this lovely selection as my gift.

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