The loure, also known as the gigue lourée or gigue lente (slow gigue), is a French Baroque dance, probably originating in Normandy and named after the sound of the instrument of the same name (a type of musette). It is of slow or moderate tempo, sometimes in simple triple meter but more often in compound duple meter. The weight is on the first beat, a characteristic emphasised by the preceding anacrusis, which begins the traditional loure. Another feature is the 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."
- Bach's Partita No. 3 in E major played by Hilary Hahn, at youtube.com
- Loure in Virginia Tech Multimedia Music Dictionary (including pronunciation)
- New International Encyclopedia. 1905. .
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