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(Fr.), corrente (It.), coranto, corant. Running. Fr. dance, at height of popularity in 17th cent., which spread to It. The mus. based on it falls into 2 classifications.(a) It. variety, in a rapid tempo and in simple triple time. (b) Fr. variety, similar to the above, but with a mixture of simple triple and compound duple rhythms, the latter pertaining especially to the end of each of the 2 sections. Occasionally in Bach's kbd. examples the conflicting rhythms are found together, one in each hand.

(a) It. variety, in a rapid tempo and in simple triple time. (b) Fr. variety, similar to the above, but with a mixture of simple triple and compound duple rhythms, the latter pertaining especially to the end of each of the 2 sections.

In classical suite the courante followed the allemande (see pavan and galliard). Occasionally it was, in turn, followed by ‘Doubles’, i.e. variations on itself.

Subjects: Music.


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