[Fr. for German]
Term applied to several dances or styles of movement popular between the 15th and 19th centuries, and denoting either a German origin or German characteristics. Arbeau records an allemande in duple time that was a simple processional dance. In the mid-18th century the term denoted lively turning dances in 3/4 time that came from Germany in which couples held each other in an unusually close embrace.
Subjects: Music — Dance.