The image above is taken from the Brussels MS, a book of dances that once belonged to Margrite d'Autriche. The music is just the tenor line (the musicians of the day would have improvised a melody around it) and the steps of the dance appear below. These dances have always intrigued me, and as the step vocabulary is so simple, they should be simple for dancers of modest ability.
Unfortunately, most modern musicians (especially amateurs) cannot improvise easily in a 15th Century style. For that reason, I began thinking about producing settings for these dances in a style which mimics 15th Century settings of these dances. Thus began a several year project to research the 15th Century style and create counterpoint for the basse dance tenors.
This site contains (or will contain eventually):
As you can see, there is still a lot I want to do with this site. It will probably outgrow its current home, so be careful when linking to it. I will try and leave pointers to it when it moves.
Here are some other sites related to basse dances:
13 Merritt Drive, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
[Early Dance Music]
[Basse Dance Pages] [30th Year Dance Collection ]