Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Weird Word of the Week: Pavane

A pavane is a slow and majestic court dance or processional, with two or four beats per measure, originally from Spain or Italy, and very popular in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Here's a beautiful example with beautiful pictures to accompany it (Gabriel Foure, Pavane in F-Sharp Minor, Opus 50):

And here's another one (Maurice Ravel, Pavane for a Dead Princess), a sad one:

1 comment:

AskTheGeologist said...

Beautiful. I've heard that before and love it. Thanx.