Beauchamp-Feuillet notation

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Notation for bar of a French courante by Judith Appleby

Beauchamp–Feuillet notation is a system of dance notation used in Baroque dance.

eight bars of a dance recorded and published by Feuillet in 1700

The notation was commissioned by Louis XIV (who had founded the Académie Royale de Danse in 1661), and devised in the 1680s by Pierre Beauchamp. The notation system was first described in detail in 1700 by Raoul-Auger Feuillet in Chorégraphie. Feuillet also then began a programme of publishing complete notated dances. It was used to record dances for the stage and domestic use throughout the eighteenth century, being modified by Pierre Rameau in 1725, and surviving into at least the 1780s in various modified forms.


  • Raoul Auger Feuillet (1700) Chorégraphie, ou l'art de d'écrire la danse (Paris)
    • a facsimile of the 1700 Paris edition (1968: Broude Brothers)
    • translated John Weaver: (1706) Orchesography (London)
  • Raoul Auger Feuillet (1706) Recueil de contredanses (Paris)
    • a facsimile of the 1706 Paris edition (1968: Broude Brothers)
  • Wendy Hilton “Dance of court and theater: the French noble style 1690–1725”
    • reprinted in: (1997) Dance and Music of Court and Theater: Selected Writings of Wendy Hilton (Pendragon Press) ISBN 0-945193-98-X
  • Meredith Ellis Little & Carol G. Marsh (1992) La Danse Noble: An Inventory of Dances and Sources (Broude Brothers) ISBN 0-8450-0092-6
  • Pierre Rameau (1725) Le Maître à danser (Paris)
    • a facsimile of the 1725 Paris edition (1967: Broude Brothers)
    • translated John Essex: (1728) The Dancing Master (London)
  • Pierre Rameau (1725) Abbregé de la nouvelle methode (Paris)
  • Kellom Tomlinson (1735) The Art of Dancing (London)
  • Philippa Waite & Judith Appleby (2003) Beauchamp–Feuillet Notation: A Guide for Beginner and Internediate Baroque Dance Students (Cardiff:Consort de Danse Baroque) ISBN 0-9544423-0-X

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