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Like all 10 volumes in this series Historic Dance Volume II: 1550-1600 is an A4 book by Dr John Gardiner-Garden with nearly 740 pages of research, discussion and analysis, with hundreds of illustrations, musical scores, dance reconstructions, source extracts, transcriptions and translations, and with each volume divided into five parts. 

Part 1 (Dance context) explores the social, political and geographic contexts in which dance and the institution of the ball was evolving. 

Part 2 (Dance forms) examines the nature and evolution of the period’s main types of dance. 

Part 3 (Dance Technicalities) has in-depth sections on ‘Style’, ‘Etiquette’, ‘Honours’, ‘Holds’, ‘Formations’, ‘Figures’ and ‘Steps’. 

Part 5 (Dancing Masters) is devoted to developments in dance teaching, notation and publication, and offers an annotated bibliography of primary sources. 

Part 4 (Dances in Detail) offers reconstructions, music and source comparisons for the following dances of the period: 

Alba Novella; Allegrezza d’Amore; Allemande (1); Alta Regina; Ballo del Fiore (1); Ballo del Fiore (2) / Branle du Chandelier (2); Barriera; Bassa Toscana; Bella Gioiosa; Bellezze d’Olimpia; Black Almain; Les Bouffons; Branle d’Ecosse; Branle de la Haye; Branle de la Montarde; Branle de Malte; Branle de Poitou (1); Branle des Chevaux (1) & (2); Branle du Chandelier (1); Branle du Haut Barrois; Branle l’Officiel; Branles—cut suite from Campagne; Branles—mimed suite; Branles—mixed suite; Branles—opening suite (1); La Caccia d’Amore (1); Canario (1); La Castellana; Chiaranzana; Chiara Stella; Contentezza d’Amore; Il Conto dell’Orco; Contrapasso (1); Contrapasso (2); Coranto d’Espagne; La Courante; Dolce Amoroso Foco; Fedeltà; Fiamma d’amore; Florido Giglio; Fulgente Stella; Furioso (1) & (2); Galliard (1)–basic sequences; Galliard (2)–fancier sequences; Gavotte (1); Gracca Amorosa; Jouissance vous donneray; Leggiadria d’Amore; The Longe Pavian; Lorayne Allemayne; Lucretia; Madam Cecilia Almain; Maraviglia d’Amore; The Old Measures; Passo e mezo; The Pavan; Pavaniglia / Spanish Pavan (1); Pavan Matthei; Piantone; Spagnoletta (1); Spagnoletta Nuova; Squilina; Triory de Bretagne; Villanella (2); La Volta.

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