One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A French form of country dance, originating in the 18th century and related to the quadrille.
- ‘The contredanse is a French import, with origins in the court of King Louis XIV.’
- ‘Again, it never achieved, in Louisiana, the popularity of the danse ronde, no doubt because many of the figures of the contredanse required an even number of couples.’
- ‘Both forms of contredanse were performed in France until the Revolution at the end of the eighteenth century.’
- 1.1 A piece of music for a contredanse.
- ‘Although the menuet was more flexible, the contredanse was firmly rooted in this ‘quadratic syntax.’’
- ‘Each contredanse consists of a title page, a page for description of the figures, another for the floor plan, and a fourth page for the music…’
- ‘In France, where it was very popular, the contredanse became increasingly formalized during the 18th century, giving rise to contredanse suites by several composers including Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven.’
- 1.2another term for contradance
- ‘Both the contredanse and the contradanza made their way to the Caribbean during the colonisation of the Americas, to the islands of Hispañola and Cuba.’
- ‘In spite of the lack of beauty of the costumes, the contredanse made a good effect.’
French, alteration of English country dance, by association with contre ‘against, opposite’.
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