[Anst-dancers] Re: Farandole (was AGED News)

Ariane & Morgan rendancers at sbcglobal.net
Sun Aug 17 11:39:34 PDT 2003

I found a discription for Farandole in Jeffery L. Singman's "Daily Life in
Chaucer's England.

It pretty much says what is in your hand out (more or less). It says that
the farandole is a type of carole. Concerning the music it says this:

"The carole may be danced to any music with a strong and lively beat, either
in a duple or a quick triple time. The music for the carole may be either
vocal or instrumental. If the music is vocal, it is important to remember
the singer's need for air [duh]. Either the dance should be slow enough not
to leave the singer breathless, or the singing should be done by several
people, or the singer should not actualy dance. The singer may accompany
herself on a tambourine (it seems to have been moe common for the music to
be sung by women than by men)."

It goes on to list 3 songs that would be good for this dance wich are in 6/8
&  shorter than Piper's version of Sumer is acomin in (12-16 measures as
opposed to 24), wich leads me to belive that any song could be used for this
dance. Having the dancers sing would be interesting.

The only problem with this is Mr. Singman did not give a reference to where
he aquired the dance from.

I just thought you Lords & Ladies would find that interesting.

Morgan Ellisse

on 8/15/03 6:50 PM, Ariane & Morgan at rendancers at sbcglobal.net wrote:

> on 8/15/03 11:03 AM, Scot and Michelle Henry at cshenry at ev1.net wrote:
>> I would like to include the peasant dances that I've taught and Farandole
>> that Scot (and someone from down south) has taught.  Do you still have my
>> class handout from KWDS?  Did it include Farandole?
> Hey, what recordings could we use for Farandole that are easily avalable? Is
> there sheet music for this dance? We want to do this dance, but do not know
> what music to use.
> I can not speak for Erika, but one way to make the dance work is if there is
> music that is easily avalable (both sheet and recorded). A good example of a
> failure is: Belfiore-Not only is it a boring dance (along with the music),
> but it's biggest down fall is there is no recording for it (unless you want
> to dance to the midi file).
> Morgan
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