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March 17, 1520
|Died||July 23, 1595 (aged 75)|
Thoinot Arbeau is the anagrammatic pen name of French cleric Jehan Tabourot (March 17, 1520 – 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.
He also published on astronomy: Compot et Manuel Kalendrier, par lequel toutes personnes peuvent facilement apprendre et sçavoir le cours du Soleil et de la Lune et semblablement les festes fixes et mobiles que l’on doit célébrer en l’Eglise, suyvant la correction ordonné par notre Saint Pére Grégoire XIII [...Calendar, by which all people can easily learn and know the course of the Sun and of the Moon and similarly, the festivals with fixed and moveable dates which one celebrates in Church, according to the correction ordained by our Father Saint Gregory XIII], Langres: Jehan des Preyz, 1582, (cited in Mémoires de l'Académie des sciences, arts et belles-lettres de Dijon, I (Dijon: Académie de Dijon, 1924), 107).
"Branle de l'Official" provided the tune for the 20th century English Christmas carol "Ding Dong Merrily on High".
- Viard, Georges: "Jean Tabourot, Chanoine de Langres et Maître à danser (1520–1595)", in: Viard, Georges: Jean Tabourot et son temps, Langres:[full citation needed] 1989, pages 11–57.
- The title page's "Extraict du priuilege" is dated "Novembre 1588".
- Kendall, G. Yvonne. 2001. "Arbeau, Thoinot". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan Publishers.
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- Works by or about Thoinot Arbeau at Internet Archive
- Orchésographie (in 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 (IMSLP)
- Free scores by Thoinot Arbeau in the Choral Public Domain Library (ChoralWiki)
- Free scores Mutopia Project
- Orchesographie. Et traicte en forme de dialogve, par leqvel tovtes personnes pevvent facilement apprendre & practiquer l'honneste exercice des dances. Par Thoinot Arbeau demeurant à Lengres. Lengres, Imprimé par Iehan des Preyz, 1589. From the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress