The loure, also known as the gigue lente or slow gigue, is a slow French Baroque dance, probably originating in Normandy and named after the sound of the instrument of the same name (a type of musette).
The loure is a dance of slow or moderate tempo, sometimes in simple ternary meter, more often in compound binary. The weight is on the first beat, which is further emphasised by the preceding anacrusis that begins the traditional loure. One of its features is a lilting dotted rhythm.
- Bach. The French Suites: Embellished version. Barenreiter Urtext
- N. B., however, that in the Bach-Gesellschaft edition of Bach, reprinted by Dover, the Loure is incorrectly called "Bourée II."
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