Le parfaict danser - Dance Music, 1300-1500

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The perfect dancing is memory, tempo, style, how the body is held, the diversity of things and the sharing of space...". So begins one of...

The perfect dancing is memory, tempo, style, how the body is held, the diversity of things and the sharing of space...". So begins one of the first dance treatises in history, written by the Italian dancing master Antonio Cornazzano in the 15th century. To go beyond the steps and figures he describes is to understand the symbolic role of this art, its aim to unite earthbound humanity with the kingdom of God. This recording echoes this universalist vision, following the thread of the first notated dances and exploring the songs or pieces that were sometimes also the source and inspiration of more refined compositions: Estampies and other forgotten dances of the Middle Ages; aristocratic basse-danses that were in vogue at the court of Burgundy; saltarelli of the bourgeoning Italian Renaissance; allemandes and heady branles danced at the revels of François I. On this recording, Into the Winds gleefully explores a great variety of spaces and aesthetics and reveal the timelessness of this art more than ever.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: May 12, 2023


  • UPC: 5400439004528


  • Catalog Number: RIC452


  • Label: Ricercar


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Medieval


  • Composer: Domenico da Piacenza, Antonio Cornazano, Guglielmo Ebreo da Pesaro, Francisco de la Torre, Heinrich Isaac, Gilles de Bins dit Binchois, Hilaire Penet, Claudin de Sermisy, Vincenzo Ruffo, Diego Ortiz, Thoinot Arbeau, Pierre Attaingnant, Claude Gervaise, Jean D'Estrées, Anonymous


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Into the Winds