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Definition of the noun courante

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noun - plural: courantes

  1. a court dance of the 16th century; consisted of short advances and retreats
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: dance / dancing / saltation / terpsichore = taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music

Alternative definition of the noun courante


  1. [music] An old French dance from the late Renaissance and the Baroque era in triple metre.
  2. [music] The second movement of a baroque suite (following the allemande, and before the sarabande)


  1. "Courante" is a composition.
  2. "Courante" is a composition.
  3. "Courante" is a composition.
  4. "Courante" is a composition.


The courante, corrente, coranto and corant are some of the names given to a family of triple metre dances from the late Renaissance and the Baroque era.

  • also known as 库朗特

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Google previewThe analysis of form in music (1919)

by Friedrich Johann Lehmann

The Courante is a dance found in two types — the Italian, which is written in % measure, and the French, which is written in | measure. A peculiarity of the French Courante is that at times it has a curious mixture of | and | measure. Most of the ...

Google previewChamber Music (2015)

Selections from Essays in Musical Analysis by Donald Francis Tovey

The French courante is a curiously abstruse affair, in a triple time which is just slow enough for its beats to be subdivided. Now, our everyday notion of triple time is more modern than most people realize. In the early eighteenth century the ...

Google previewBach's Cello Suites, Volumes 1 and 2 (2007)

Analyses and Explorations by Allen Winold

The Fifth Suite Courante is a typical French type; all of the other courantes in the Cello Suites are of the Ital- ian type, even though Bach designates all six move- 4.1.0. The First Suite Courante Refer to volume 2, Example 4.1.1. The First Suite ...

Google previewPortraits in Rhythm: Complete Study Guide (1999)

Observations and Interpretations of the Fifty Snare Drum Etudes from "Portraits in Rhythm" by Anthony J. Cirone

ETUDE #2 7 The Courante is an old French dance. EL03626A ...

Google previewThe New York Times Guide to Essential Knowledge (2011)

A Desk Reference for the Curious Mind by The New York Times

Courante The courante is a French dance in rapid time, popular in the 17th century. Some variations combine simple triple time with compound duple rhythms; Bach, especially, favored this variation, representing the conflicting rhythms in the ...

Google previewThe University course of music study, piano series (1920)

a standardized text-work on music for conservatories, colleges, private teachers and schools; a scientific basis for the granting of school credit for music study ... by Rudolph Ganz, Edwin Hughes, Louis Charles Elson, Winton James Baltzell, National Academy of Music, New York, University Society (U.S.)., National Academy of Music (New York, N.Y.), University Society (U.S.)

Second Movement, Courante The Courante is an old French dance in triple rhythm, of moderately fast tempo. Like the first movement, it is polyphonic in texture, but is written for three voices, instead of for two, as was the Allemande.

Google previewThe Creative Development of Johann Sebastian Bach, Volume II: 1717-1750 (2013)

Music to Delight the Spirit by Richard D. P. Jones

The Courante is a 3/4 corrente with running semiquavers, as in the fifth suite. On this occasion, however, Bach employs a brilliant, flexible, fleet-footed, free-voiced texture, moving freely from luthé effects to two-part writing or to a single part ...

Google previewHarvard Dictionary of Music (1969)

by Willi Apel

COURANTE CRAB MOT/ON Later examples are in M. Cazzati's Corrente e Balletti (1662, '63; the distinction made here between c. alia francese and c. alia italiana is scarcely borne out by a difference in style), in the Sonate da camera by ...

Google previewThe Harvard Concise Dictionary of Music and Musicians (1999)

by Don Michael Randel

Course courante and corrente interchangeably as titles, however. The Italian type uses fast triple meter (3/4 or 3/8), often with triadic or scalar figuration in even eighth or sixteenth notes [see Ex. 1]. It generally has homophonic texture, but ...

Google previewMini Music Guides: Dictionary of Music (2013)

All the Essential Terms, Composers, and Theory in an Easy-to-Follow Format! by L. C. Harnsberger

courante (Fr., koo-RAWNT): A 16th-century French dance in triple meter that later became a standard suite movement. cowbell: A metal bell, similar in shape to a bell which is hung around a cow's neck, but without a clapper ...

Google previewEncyclopaedic Dictionary of Music (2005)

Omitted section, a 'cut' Courante (corrente) : An old dance in AB form, literally meaning "running". Usually in triple time, and the second of the standard movements of the suite. The Italian Corrente is much quicker than the ...

Google previewDictionary of Music (1983)

by Theodore Karp

COURANTE COURSE CYCLIC CYMBALS D ALEXANDER DARGOMYZHSKY DBCRESCENDO CLEMENT DELIBBS DAVID. 117 on weak beats in second and third species. Fourth species is characterized rhythmically by syncopation, ...

Google previewMusic Dictionary (2008)

Paperback Lessons by Hal Leonard Corp.

Courante. cotillon (Fr., koh-tee-YOH[N], koh-TIL-yon): A lively French dance; a quadrille. count: The beat or pulse. counterpoint: “[Note] against note.” The combination of two or more melodic lines played simultaneously.

Google previewDictionary of Early English (1955)

by Joseph T. Shipley

courante. See coranto. Swift but sliding steps (as opposed to leaping). Sometimes ...

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"Courante" at the Toronto Music Garden

"Courante" in the Toronto music Garden

From the city of Toronto website:

"Originally an Italian and French Dance form, the Courante is an exuberant movement that is interpreted here as a huge, upward spiralling swirl through a lush field of grasses and brightly coloured perennials and attract birds and butterflies. At the top, a Maypole spins in the wind."

"Julie Messervy designed the waterfront Music Garden in collaboration with landscape architects from the city's Parks and Recreation department. The garden design interprets in nature Bach's First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, with each dance movement within the suite corresponding to a different section in the garden. Two Canadian artists created special features for the Music Garden. Tom Tollefson, architectural blacksmith, fabricated the Music Pavilion, and Anne Roberts, Feir Mill Design Inc., designed the Maypole."

Photo credit: Shaun Merritt

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Courante Meaning

Video shows what courante means. An old French dance from the late Renaissance and the Baroque era in triple metre.. The second movement of a baroque ...

Scrabble value of C3O1U1R1A1N1T1E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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