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Thoinot Arbeau

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Born: March 17, 1520; Dijon, France   Died: July 23, 1595; Langres  
Today, when men of the cloth are popularly assumed to be hostile to dancing, it may come as a surprise to learn that one of the most important dance treatises of the Renaissance was published by a cleric. Under the anagrammatic pen name Thoinot Arbeau, Jehan Tabourot published his Orchésographie, an almost comprehensive how-to book on popular dance in the sixteenth century. Two editions were published in Langres in 1588 and 1589; by this time, Read more Tabourot was vicar-general of his diocese. His career had begun in Langres in 1542 and he steadily rose through a series of administrative posts, including treasurer, ecclesiastical judge, and inspector of the diocesan schools. Dealing as he did with money, education, and personal conflict, Tabourot understood the real world better than some of his more-sheltered colleagues, and strongly advocated dancing for reasons of health, spouse-hunting, and manly display. Indeed, in his Orchésographie, he argues at some length that dancing is as virile a pursuit as fencing and military marching. The Orchésographie prints a number of dance tunes, but more importantly maps out precisely how each dance was to be performed with a tablature apparently of Tabourot's own invention, correlating the steps to the music and providing information on tempo and style -- matters often taken for granted in other treatises. Although Tabourot/Arbeau was not necessarily an authority on the style of dancing at the French court, he did describe common practices in northern Europe during his lifetime. He ignored complicated dances and favored simple steps (and accompanying music) that required only a modicum of skill. He described 15 forms of the galliard, 25 kinds of branles, the pavane, courante, allemande, and many other dances, including the popular four-person sword dance called Les bouffons. Of special importance to today's musicians, Tabourot/Arbeau, uniquely among Renaissance sources, illustrated tabor rhythms. He also provided detailed information on the use of the fife, recommended instrumental combinations and tempos, and emphasized the importance of improvisation. He even offered advice on dancing etiquette ("spit and blow your nose sparingly"). Read less
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    The Mission / Bennett, Norwegian Wind Ensemble, Nordic Voices
    Label: Lawo Classics   Catalog: 1061 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Juan Arañés,  Juan Hidalgo,  Francisco Salinas  ... 
    Conductor:  Mark Bennett
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Norwegian Wind Ensemble
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    Songs Of Love And War
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 74 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Thoinot Arbeau,  Antonio Carlos Jobim  ... 
    Performer:  Malcolm Martineau
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    The Carol Album - Seven Centuries Of Christmas Music  / Parrott, Taverner Consort
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564636543 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  William Walker,  Jeremiah Ingalls  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Charlesworth,  Charles Daniels,  Jakob Lindberg,  Simon [Bass Vocal] Grant  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Parrott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Consort
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    Sacred Songs Of France, Vol. 1: 1198-1609 / Gloriae Dei Cantores
    Label: Gloriae Dei Cantores   Catalog: 56 Release Date: 12/11/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léonin,  Pérotin,  Josquin Des Préz,  Loyset Compère  ... 
    Conductor:  Elizabeth C. Patterson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gloriae Dei Cantores
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    Early European Dances
    Label: Sketis   Catalog: 5637569073 Release Date: 07/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Thoinot Arbeau,  Pierre Phalèse,  Cesare Negri Milanesi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Avis Dei
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    Music For The Queen Of Scots  / The Flautadors
    Label: Deux-elles   Catalog: 1144 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Anonymous,  Étienne du Tertre,  Pierre Certon  ... 
    Performer:  Corrina Silvester
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Flautadors
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    English Country Dances
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1246 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Thoinot Arbeau,  Anthony Holborne,  John Playford  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeremy Barlow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Broadside Band
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    A Pageant Of Medieval Music
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1241 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Jon Banks,  Thoinot Arbeau,  Traditional
    Performer:  Jon Banks,  John Rowlands-Pritchard
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    Down Through The Winters / Christmas Revels
    Label: Revels Records   Catalog: 2110 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Anonymous,  Guillaume de Machaut,  Thomas Ravenscroft  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Portland Brass Quintet,  Christmas Revels
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    Praetorius: Dances From Terpsichore & More
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1076 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Thoinot Arbeau,  Anthony Holborne,  Christoph Demantius
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Praetorius Consort
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    Cabezon: La Tecla de l'Alma / Paola Erdas
    Label: Arcana   Catalog: 357 Release Date: 08/20/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thoinot Arbeau,  Luis de Narváez,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Paola Erdas,  Lia Serafini
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    Music For Emperor Charles V
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 20701 Release Date: 02/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Michael Praetorius,  Luis de Narváez,  Tylman Susato  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella de la Torre
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    An It Please Your Grace
    Label: New Queen's Ha'penny Consort   Catalog: 5637721026 Release Date: 01/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cesare Negri Milanesi,  Claude de Sermisy,  Josquin Des Préz,  Thoinot Arbeau  ... 
    Performer:  Lisa Schultz,  Charles Henderson,  Mary Myers,  Edward Blair
    Conductor:  Elvyn Blair
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Queen's Ha'penny Consort
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    To Drive The Cold Winter Away / John Sothcott, St. George's Canzona
    Label: Crd Records   Catalog: 3319 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thoinot Arbeau,  John Playford,  John Sothcott
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. George's Canzona
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    Label: Raum Klang   Catalog: 101065 Release Date: 03/16/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Orlando de Lassus,  Cypriano de Rore,  Ludwig Senfl,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Metzler
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    This World's Globe - Celebrating Shakespeare
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 77 Release Date: 05/30/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Tylman Susato,  John Playford,  Thoinot Arbeau,  Francisco de la Torre  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musicians of the Globe
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    Century Vol 10 - The Rise Of Instrumental Music (1450-1650)
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908172 Release Date: 12/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ricardo Rognono,  Jan Jacob Van Eyck,  Josquin Des Préz,  Heinrich Isaac  ... 
    Performer:  Marion Verbruggen,  Karl-Ernst Schröder,  Crawford Young,  Paul O'Dette  ... 
    Conductor:  Paolo Pandolfo,  Dominique Visse,  David Douglass,  Jeremy Barlow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Labyrinto,  Clément Janequin Ensemble,  The King's Noyse  ... 
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    Jewels Of The Renaissance Era
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29781 Release Date: 11/15/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Anthony Holborne,  Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck,  Clément Janequin  ... 
    Performer:  Antoine Bouchard,  Shannon Mercer,  Luc Beauséjour,  Matthew White  ... 
    Conductor:  James Tinsley,  Gilbert Patenaude,  Christopher Jackson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strada,  Niagara Brass Ensemble,  Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal  ... 
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    Early Music For Meditation
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557652 Release Date: 05/17/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Dietrich Buxtehude,  Marco Dall'Aquila,  Anonymous  ... 
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    Henry VIII and His Six Wives / Munrow, Early Music Consort
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1250 Release Date: 04/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  King VIII Henry,  Thomas Ford,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Hogwood,  James Bowman,  Oliver Brookes,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Conductor:  David Munrow
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London
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    Carlos V, Mille Regretz. Capella Reial/Savall
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9814 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio De Cabezón,  Girolamo Parabosco,  Anonymous,  Tylman Susato  ... 
    Performer:  Arianna Savall
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI,  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
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  • 22.
    Making Merrye - Joyful Medieval Songs & Dances
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1062 Release Date: 02/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Adrian Le Roy,  Thoinot Arbeau,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Jon Banks,  Sharon Lindo,  Sara Stowe,  Matthew Spring
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  • 23.
    Musique du Moyen Age et de la Renaissance / Tabassian, Constantinople
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22269 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Juan del Encina,  Anonymous,  Francisco de la Torre,  Thoinot Arbeau
    Conductor:  Kiya Tabassian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Constantinople
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    Carlos V, Mille Regretz: La Cancion Del Emperador. La Cappel
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9814 Release Date: 12/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio De Cabezón,  Girolamo Parabosco,  Anonymous,  Tylman Susato  ... 
    Performer:  Arianna Savall
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI,  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
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    Musik In Luzern: A-cappella-chormusik
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 991/92 Release Date: 10/26/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Marianne Meystre,  Traditional,  Anonymous,  Charles Gounod  ... 
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