Definition of courante in English:

courante

noun

  • 1A 16th-century court dance consisting of short advances and retreats.

    • ‘The Courante or Coranto was danced with light springing.’
    • ‘It supplies descriptions of numerous dances, including the galliarde, volte, and courante, plus musical notation, with the steps and positions clearly defined.’
    • ‘This is done using courante steps – hopping before each step of the single and the double’
    1. 1.1 A piece of music written for or in the style of a courante, typically one forming a movement of a suite.
      • ‘To the traditional form of the suite - allemande, courante, sarabande, and gigue - Bach added an introductory Prélude with a pair of fashionable modern dances.’
      • ‘Much of it is in dance forms, such as the sarabande, the courante, the menuet, and the gigue - another innovation in French chamber music of that era.’
      • ‘The suites mostly have four short movements, a prelude or allemande, courante, sarabande and gigue, with some variants.’
      • ‘Although many late Renaissance dances comprised three strains, binary form came to be used in nearly all dance movements (allemandes, courantes, sarabandes, gigues, etc.) in 17th and 18th-century dance suites.’
      • ‘Similarly, we can discover all different kinds of allemandes, courantes, sarabandes and ‘Galanterien’, although our knowledge of the subtleties of Bach's local subgenres of dances is still very limited.’

Origin

Late 16th century: French, literally ‘running’, feminine present participle of courir.

Pronunciation

courante

/-ˈrant/