The Branle de lOfficiel
Most people will recognise the tune for this dance as Ding Dong Merrily on High. In Arbeaus time it didnt have any Christmas associations but was the setting for a really lively dance. The name probably means Servant's Dance, and its generally thought that branles were popular among ordinary people, in contrast to the more stately (and complex) dances that would only be seen at court. However, branles did become popular in noble circles as well. Whats more, dances like this, which featured a lot of physical contact and dexterity and were generally considered pretty daring, did become popular at the Tudor court and so we have presented this tune as a lute piece, as it might have been heard at court.
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Dances in How to Be a Tudor
Here are the two links for the music to accompany the two dances featured in our resource pack How to Be a Tudor.
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