A dance in moderate twofold time, invented by the French in the reign of Louis XIV.; -- now mostly found in suites of pieces, like those of Bach and Handel.
A figure in dancing.
(Fr. for "German dance") : Movement of a dance suite, typically in duple / quadruple meter and often investigating the imitative possibilities of the instruments involved. Usually it comes toward the beginning of the suite, often after the first movement.
A German dance in binary form, usually in moderate duple time, normally beginning with short anacrusis. Originating in the middle of the sixteenth century as a fairly quick dance, late in the sixteenth century and during the seventeenth century the Allemande was developed by English virginalists and French lutenists and clavecinists, the texture becoming richer, with often idiomatic arpeggiated figuration and imitation, resulting in a more moderate tempo. It often was used as the first movement of the Sonata da camera or Baroque dance suite. [SRM; GJC] Glossary 1600-1700
a simple, sedate dance
a very graceful dance, like Venus's token swans, but the shifts in direction are sudden, like Mercury and Gemini
a stately Renaissance or Baroque dance
a dance in moderate tempo, always in duple meter. Bach frequently uses the allemande in his keyboard suites; in this situation, they are usually composed in 4/4 time and make heavy use of running figures.
A dance for couples dating back to the 16th century, usually in moderate duple time (2/4 or 4/4). The Allemande (the word means "German") was usually part of a set of dances.
(it.) - German dance in 3/4 time, 16th/17th, rather slow. Like a landler. Often the first dance in the classic suite. [back
A German dance in 4/4 time, often the 1st dance in a baroque dance suite.
( Fr.) "German." A stately 16th-century German dance, initially in a duple meter. During the 17th and 18th centuries, it was used as the first movement of the suite.
a moderately slow, serious dance in quadruple meter and binary form. The allemande began life as a dance in the Renaissance, and was later cultivated as an independent instrumental piece. By the time it became one of the four standard dances of the suite at the end of the 17th century, the allemande often favored an imitative, ornamented texture over strongly profiled dance rhythms.
German dance in moderate duple time, popular during the Renaissance and Baroque periods; often the first movement of a Baroque suite.
A dance movement of a piece of music. It is usually serious in character, but sounds light and is played at a moderate speed.
"German dance," a moderatly slow dance of German origin in duple time.
An allemande (also spelled allemanda, almain, or alman) (from the French word for "German") is one of the most popular instrumental dance forms in Baroque music, and a standard element of a suite. Originally, the allemande formed the first movement of the suite, before the courante, but, later, it was generally preceded by an introductory movement, such as a prelude.