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March 17, 1519|
|Died||July 23, 1595
Thoinot Arbeau is the anagrammatic pen name of French cleric Jehan Tabourot (March 17, 1519 - July 23, 1595). Tabourot is most famous for his Orchésographie, a study of late sixteenth-century French Renaissance social dance. He was born in Dijon and died in Langres.
Orchésographie and other work
Orchésographie, first published in Langres, 1589, provides information on social ballroom behaviour and on the interaction of musicians and dancers. It is available online in facsimile and in plain text. There is an English translation by Mary Stewart Evans, edited by Julia Sutton, in print with Dover Publications. It contains numerous woodcuts of dancers and musicians and includes many dance tabulations in which extensive instructions for the steps are lined up next to the musical notes, a significant innovation in dance notation at that time.
His pavane, Belle qui tiens ma vie, was adapted into 3/4 time for use in the video game Civilization Revolution, where the arrangement provides the background music for the magician chamber of the player's Trophy Room.
- The title page's "Extraict du priuilege" is dated "Novembre 1588".
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- Orchésographie (French)
- Scans of the woodcuts
- Orchesographie From the Collections at the Library of Congress
- Arbeau free sheet music including Pavanne
- Free scores by Thoinot Arbeau at the International Music Score Library Project
- Free scores by Thoinot Arbeau in the Choral Public Domain Library (ChoralWiki)
- Free scores Mutopia Project