Book: Dances from Arbeau's Orchesographie (Score)
Arbeau’s Orchesographie is one of the best known dance manuals from the 16th century and contains some of the dances most popular at Historical Dance groups, folk clubs and Medieval banquets. Some tunes from its pages are still current in European folk traditions, others are well known thanks to Peter Warlock’s Capriole Suite, and of course Branle d’Officiale, since the 19thc, has been Ding dong merrily on high. A surprising number of tunes in the collection however, are rarely heard. While there are several good modern editions and translations of Orchesographie, they are not laid out for use by musicians.
This new version brings the whole collection of dances to the modern musician in a practical performing edition, with the addition of newly devised 4 part harmonies and chord symbols. The score book uses treble clef for the soprano and alto parts, 8ve treble clef for the tenor and bass clef for the bass.