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  • n. a 16th century Spanish dance; the zarabanda
  • n. a stately Baroque dance in slow triple time
  • n. the music for this dance


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  • We are about to begin the dancing, and you must allow me to partner you for the sarabande.

    Exit the Actress

  • With exquisite balance in the sarabande, a sustained ecstatic melancholy in the andante religioso, and light but earthy folkiness in the finale, this was a compelling account of Grieg's evocative retro masterpiece.

    Norwegian CO

  • Returning to her strengths, Uchida offered the sarabande from Bach's French Suite in G as an encore, its simple outlines traced with hushed reverence, nothing more than a vaporous shimmer.

    Mitsuko Uchida at the Music Center at Strathmore

  • Here, a majestic sarabande was worked out, there, a solemn chaconne, elsewhere a subtle musette or a stormy bourrée.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • The third dance, the sarabande, was a slow lyrical piece, heartbreaking in its simplicity.

    Plain Language

  • To begin with, he ran through the sarabande in his mind, his left hand twitching the fingering behind him, the muscles of his bowing arm tensing and relaxing rhythmically.

    Fear Itself

  • His favorite was the sarabande from the first suite—there was something so damn sweet and hopeful about it.

    Fear Itself

  • I Fall scimmiottano un po 'se stessi, e non tutto splende, ma cio ` che splende e ` degno del repertorio migliore: altre esaltate danze voodoo (Jerusalem), altre solenni sarabande (Kurious Oranj) altri marziali proclami (New Big Prinz) e persino un bluesrock sincopato alla Rolling Stones

    FallNews - they grease the roads! *truckers' pin-up edition*

  • The sarabande gave way to the gavotte, her favorite passage of the D major suite.


  • As for the dancing, in that crowded room owing to the space monopolised by the prodigious hoops and the general exhilaration, the stately minuet and sarabande were out of the question, and the jig and country dance were much more in favour.

    Madame Flirt A Romance of 'The Beggar's Opera'


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  • We should be so lucky.

    March 19, 2009

  • And today it would be the highlight of a reality TV program. ;->

    March 19, 2009

  • Usage on chaconne. Also... "In a treatise from the late sixteenth century condemning public entertainments, Juan de Mariana considered the sarabande 'so lascivious in its words, so ugly in its movements, that it is enough to inflame even very honest people.' In the 1590s in Spain, a public performance of the sarabande was punishable by two hundred lashes. By 1606, however, it had been sufficiently tempered to be included in books of guitar music, and by 1610 the sarabande was a dance craze throughout Europe."

    —Glenn Kurtz, Practicing: A Musician's Return to Music (New York: Vintage Books, 2007), 114–115

    November 3, 2008