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Pavan [pavane, paven, pavin] (It. pavana, padovana; Fr. pavane; Ger. Paduana)locked

  • Alan Brown


A court dance of the 16th and early 17th centuries. There are hundreds of examples in the contemporary sources of consort, keyboard and lute music, among them some of the most inventive and profound instrumental compositions of the late Renaissance period.

The pavan was almost certainly of Italian origin. The earliest surviving source for it, Dalza’s ...

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