Age of the Galliard
Curt Sachs first coined the term "Age of the Galliard" to describe the style of dance performed in Italy from the early sixteenth through the mid-seventeenth centuries. Herein, I present my work - translations, notations, and teaching resources - of this era of dance.
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Dances of the Chigi Manuscripts
In 2004, a "new" collection of dances from the Chigi manuscripts, now held in the Vatican libraries, were brought to light. Transcriptions of these dances, including a brief analysis, were published by Fabio Carboni, Barbara Sparti and Agostino Ziino, in Music Observed. These manuscripts contain 15 choreographies of 13 discrete dances - two entries being duplicates of the same dance, Torneo, and one entry being incomplete - which all seem to pre-date the dances of Il Ballarino. Variants of eleven* of those dances are also found in Il Ballarino, as well as other later works, and two dances are completely new.

I am currently working on a more thorough examination of these dances, including a translation of the choreographies, the dances in an annotated format, steps explanations and music pulled from other contemporary sources, and an in-depth comparative analysis of each of the dances, to eventually be published in book format. In the meantime, I am making abbreviated reconstructions of these dances available here.

Amor Felice (pdf)mp3
Barriera (pdf)mp3
Bassa Marchese (pdf)mp3Instructional video (YouTube)
Bascialta (pdf)coming soon
Basia Nuova (pdf)mp3
Contenteza (pdf)mp3
Contra Passo (pdf)mp3
Cor Mio Bello (pdf)(none)
Lucretia (pdf)mp3
Rose E Viole (pdf)mp3
Spagnioletta (pdf)mp3
Torneo (pdf)mp3
Tortiglione (pdf)mp3

*Based on my own analysis, I have found that one additional match: Bascia Marchese is a variation of Bassa Honorata in Il Ballarino. Information about this comparison is forthcoming.

Updated January 2013
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