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  1. passepied(Noun)

    A courtly dance, in triple time, from 17th century France; a faster form of the minuet


  1. Passepied

    The passepied is a French court dance and instrumental form of the 16th to 18th centuries, found frequently in French Baroque opera and ballet, particularly in pastoral scenes. In the mid- and late Baroque, it was used also in orchestral and keyboard suites, where passepieds usually occurred in pairs, with the first reappearing after the second, as a da capo. The music is an example of a dance movement in Baroque music with a fast tempo and a time signature of 3 8 or 6 8, occasionally 3 4, each section beginning with an upbeat. Passepieds occasionally appear in suites such as Handel's Water Music or J.S. Bach's Overture in the French Style for harpsichord where there are two Passepieds in minor and major keys respectively, to be played alternativement in the order I, II, I. The earliest historical mention of the passepied was by Noël du Fail in 1548, who said it was common at Breton courts. François Rabelais and Thoinot Arbeau, writing later in the 16th century, confirm the dance as a type of branle characteristic of Brittany. At this time, however, it was a fast duple-time dance with three-bar phrases, therefore of the branle simple type.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Passepied

    pas′pyā, n. a dance like the minuet, but quicker. [Fr.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of passepied in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of passepied in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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