[SCA-Dance] Pinagay bransle

David Learmonth david.a.learmonth at gmail.com
Fri Sep 27 01:32:32 EDT 2013

Grinning, I have to mention a small correction.  There is 1 suite at least
besides Double Bransle suite where we know some of the dances:  The
Scottish Bransle Suite.  :)   Of course, we just tend to dance Scottish
Bransle as a single dance, instead of 2 separate bransles, out of who knows
how many that are otherwise unfortunately unlisted.

Oh, and interesting tidbit of info here, that the pattern of doing the two
Scottish Bransles, is remarkably similar to the fast part of War bransle.
 :)  I didn't notice until one class where I taught them together.
(depending of course on your repeat structure, and the end is a bit


On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 1:17 PM, Charlene C <charlene281 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Sep 26, 2013 at 5:51 AM, David Learmonth
> <david.a.learmonth at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Sorry about that, I always thought that all 5 were part of the suite, and
> > that there were others as well that just weren't listed, just that we
> > didn't know what they were.  But it has been a while since I'd gone back
> to
> > this suite from the very start and looked at the original french  (this
> was
> > the first set I looked at, and thought I had finally sorted out most of
> the
> > details).  :)
> Arbeau mentions the concept of doing branles in suites, he just
> doesn't identify any suites other than double-single-gay-Burgundian.
> We do Cassandra-Pinagay-Charlotte-War-Aridan together because (say it
> along with me :-) ) "that's the way it is on the recording."
> >From the Sutton version:
> p 129 -  ... All musicians are in the habit of opening the dancing by
> a double branle which they call the common branle, and afterwards they
> play the single branle and the gay branle and at the end of the
> branles of Burgundy, which some people call branles of Champagne....
> p 137 - The musicians call them mixed branles of Champagne, and, with
> a view to orderly classification, these branles have been arranged in
> numbered series. Our musicians in Langres play ten in succession which
> they call mixed branles of Champagne; they play another number in
> sequence known as Camp branles and yet other have named branles of
> Hainaut and branles of Avignon. And, as fresh compositions appear and
> novelties appear, so they devise new series and bestow upon them what
> names they wish.
> p 137 - I shall not give you any tabulations but will leave you to
> memorize them yourself under the guidance of the master musicians or
> from your companions. And when you are proficient enough to wish to
> dance them at some festival you will ask the musicians for the suite
> you require by name and they will play it for you. In the meanwhile, I
> will warn you that if you aspire to dance these branles well you know
> know the tunes by heart and sing them in your head with the violin.
> [Capriol then requests the tabulation for two or three to make
> understanding the concept easier and Arbeau obligizes.]
> p 137 - Very well, here are the tabulations for the branles of
> Cassandra and Pinagay, first and second in the suite of the mixed
> branles of Champagne, ...
> p 140 - ... In those days of yore we danced, among other mixed
> branles, the branle of war, the branles of Aridan and of Charlotte and
> an infinity of others.
> --Perronnelle
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