academie: Dance speed
Frederick Joseph Ross
fjr6b at galileo.phys.virginia.edu
Sun Apr 4 13:42:00 PDT 2004
On Sun, 4 Apr 2004 corun at medievalist.org wrote:
> If someone can answer this question I'd appreciate it. If you can give me
> the answer as a quarter note = X that would be even more helpful.
As a violinist and dance geek, I hold that galliards should have quarter
note = 176.
Many groups play Dowland's galliards painfully slow thinking that they
are to be felt in three. Instead they are in a subdivided one, but by
the nature of the dance and the music the subdivision is two or three.
This gives it a fun hemiola. Similarly, a lot of people play the pavans
too fast, which I think ought to be quarter note = 56 - 63.
Hope this is helpful.
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