allemande definition

  • noun:
    • A stately 16th-century party in duple meter.
    • songs A composition written to or as though to accompany this party, usually made use of as the first movement of a suite.
    • A lively dance of the mid-18th century in triple meter.
    • A popular instrumental party type in Baroque music, and a typical section of a suite, generally the very first or second action.
    • a-dance in reasonable twofold time, devised because of the French into the reign of Louis XIV.; -- now mainly within suites of pieces, like those of Bach and Handel.
    • A figure in dance.
    • In music, the first action following the prelude in a suite.
    • A German dance in 3/4 time, resembling the older type of waltz, and frequently so named.
    • A German nationwide party in lively 2/4 time.
    • A figure in dance.
    • egg-thickened veloute

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