Number of dancers:

2

Choreography:

Santucci's Canario (pp398-

Translated Katherine Davies 2/2007, to end of lady's second mutanza. To be completed.

About this translation:

Translated by Katherine Davies, 2/2007, from facsimile.

The translation is deliberately very literal, at the expense of English idiom and punctuation, because I want to preserve Santucci's ambiguity until I'm sure I know what he means. In particular: "in prospettiva" seems clearly to mean "facing your partner" in this dance, but as there's some debate about the term I've left it untranslated; where he asks for a step to be done "to the left turned by the right side", I think he intends that you should move to the left, with the right side of your body turned forwards; 'do' unmarked translates some form of 'fare'- where he used 'dare' I've noted it; likewise, 'hand' translates 'man', unless marked as [fe]. 'Lato' (side) and 'fianco' (flank) are not symonyms - he sometimes calls for a step to be done 'per fianco a lato sinistro' - hence my use of 'by the flank', though it's clumsy English.

The man and the woman each have four mutanze (the rest of which I will add later). There are twelve alternative mutanze for men, and six for women, in the following pages. The structure is a little different from other Canaries - they swap ends after each of the woman's mutanze (not just once in the middle of the dance), ritarate aren't done with different steps (each mutanze is done twice forwards and twice backwards), and the fourth mutanze of the man and woman are done at the same time (though with different steps). They do the turning passage at the same time, as in Caroso.

Translation:

[p398]

The gentleman who wishes to do this Balletto, the Canary, will take the lady by the customary hand and lead her [p399] to the end of the room. Standing a little opposite each other, as seen in the figure below, they will do a reverenza semigrave facing, then two continenze brevi, one to the left side, and the other to the right. That done, they both proceed through the room, and they do four seguiti spezzati scicciati. Having arrived in the middle of the room, they release hands, and turning face to face, they do a reverenza caminata breve. Following this, the gentleman does another four similar seguiti, to go to the other end of the room, beginning with the right foot, and in the fourth seguito he turns to the left side, and does two passi naturali, one with the right and the other with the left, and returns to face in prospettiva; the lady will have returned to the end of the room where she began, with four seguiti, and the two said passi, and returned to face in prospettiva, and they will do a reverenza semigrave facing. The lady will stay still while the gentleman does the following mutanza.

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[p400]

Beginning with his feet together, he will do two seguiti battuti al canari, one with the left foot and the other with the right. With the left he will do two scisciate di piede, one with the heel, forwards, one with the toe, backwards, one with the heel, forwards, and another with the toe, backwards, and with the left, which he will find raised behind, he will do a battuta di piede next to the right. That done, he will do two seguiti battuti, one with the right and the other with the left, then three battute di piede, one with the right, and one with the left, and another with the right, and a seguito battuto with the left, and two fioretti battuti doppii, one with the right and the other with the left; and with the right, which he will find raised in front, he will do a reccacciata to the left turned by the right side, and raising the left [foot] to the side he will do with the said [foot] a ganzo roverso, turned to the said right side and returning in prospettiva, he will do [dara] with the left, which he will find raised behind, a sottopiede to the the right, and raising the right in front, he will do a fioretti battutto, and with the left he will do a seguito battuto next to the right. This mutanza ought to be done twice going forwards, and twice backwards, returning; beginning with the left, then the right. When the said mutanza has been done four times, the gentleman and lady will do the riverenza semigrave, and both turning to the left side, they will do four seguiti spezzati scicciati, and returning in prospettiva, they will do a passo naturale forwards and a riverenza semigrave facing, [p401] and the gentleman will stay still while the lady does the following mutanza.

Beginning with feet together, she will do two seguiti battuti, one with the left and the other with the right, and with the left a schicciata with the heel, forwards, and one with the toe, backwards, and with the left, which she will find raised behind, she will do a battutta de piedi next to the right. That done, she will do two seguiti batutti, one with the right, and the other with the left, and then three battute di piede, one with the right, one with the left, and another with the right, and with the left she will do a seguito battuto. That done, she will do two fioretti battuti, one with the right, and the other with the left, and with the right foot, which she will find raised in front, she will do a seguito ordinario turning to the right side, and returning in prospettiva, she will do with the left. which she will find behind, a seguito battuto next to the right. This mutanza ought to be done twice going forwards and twice returning, backwards, beginning with the left, and then with the right. And when the lady has done this said mutanza four times, she will do together with the gentleman the following passage, reverenza, and change of place.

The gentleman and the lady will do the riverenza semigrave facing, and turning by the left side they will do four seguiti spezzati scicciati turned to the left side, and returning in prospettiva, they do another four similar seguiti going [forwards] opposite each other, and arriving in the middle of the room, they present [p402] right hands [fe], and do a reverenza caminata semibreve with the left, which they will find behind. That done, they release right hands [fe], and following this, to go to the other end of the room, they do another four similar seguiti, beginning with the right, and with the last seguito they turn themselves to the left side, and do two passi ordinarii, one with the right, and the other with the left, and returning in prospettiva, they do the riverenza semigrave facing, and the lady remains still, while the gentleman does the following mutanza.

Standing with the feet even, he will do a seguito battuto with the right by the flank to the right side, and give a sottopiede with the left to the right, and raising the right by the flank, he will do a corvetta, and do a seguito battuto forwards with the right, and stopping for the tome of a croma he will do two passi strisciati backwards, one with the right and the other with the left, and do a passo strisciato finto backwards with the right and in putting it down he will stamp [see rule for battuta di piedi], and then he will do two cadenze battute, beginning with the left, and thrusting forwards the said left, and he will turn to the right side, and do with that foot a soprapiede cromatico to the right, and give a sottopiede cromatico with the right to the left, and raising the said left by the flank, he will do a cadenza by the flank, and thrusting the left forwards, he will return with [p403] that foot to do a soprapiede cromatico to the right, and give a sottopiede cromatico with the right to the left, and turning to the right side, and returning in prospettiva, he will raise the left in front, and do a cadenza [a] two seguiti battuti with the feet even, one with the left, and the other with the right, and this mutanza should be done four times, just as the first mutanza, then the Gentleman and the Lady do a reverenza semigrave facing, and both turning to the left side, they will do four seguiti spezzati schicciati and returning in prospettiva they wil do a passo naturale forwards, and a reverenza semigrave facing, and the Gentleman will stop and the Last will do the following mutanza.

Having the feet even, she will do a seguito battuto with the right by the flank to the right side, and will give a sottopiede with the left to the right, and do a seguito battuto with the right by the flank to the right side, and give a sottopiede with the left to the right and raising the right by the flank she will do a represa by the flank to the right side, and she will do a seguito battuto with the right forwards by the flank, and stopping for the time of a croma she will do two passi backwards, one with the right and the other with the left, and a passo finto backwards with the right, and in putting it down she will stamp [see rule for 'battuta di piedi'] then she will do a cadenza ritornata with the left, and two seguiti spezzati, one with the left and the other with the right, turning [p404] to the right side, and that done she will do a seguito ordinario turning to the right side, and returning in prospettiva , she will stamp the left foot, and this mutanza should be done twice going forwards and twice returning, backwards, beginning one time with the left, and the other with the right, and when the lady has done the said mutanza four times, she will do the following reverenza, passeggio, and change of place together with the gentleman.

The gentleman and lady will do together a reverenza semigrave facing, and turning around, four seguiti spezzati schicciati turning to the left side, and returning in prospettiva , they will do another four similar seguiti going to meet one another, and arriving in the middle of the room, they will take left hands, and do a reverenza caminata breve with the left, and after that, each going to the other end of the room, they will release hands and do another four similar seguiti, with the last of which they will turn around to the left, and do two passi ordinarii, one with the right, and the other with the left, and returning in prospettiva they will do a reverenza semigrave facing, and the lady will stop, and the gentleman will do the following mutanza.

Finding himself with even feet, he will do two seguiti battuti spezzati strisciati, one with the left, and the other with the right, [p405] and going forwards with the left he will do one schicciata di punta backwards to the right, and one [schicciata] di calcagnio, and thrusting the said left forwards, he will do to the right one incrociata di punta strisciata, and one scrociata di punta strisciata, and with the left, which he will find raised in front, he will do schicciate de punta backwards to the right, and a battuta di piede, with a seguito battuto, then he will give a sottopiede to the left with the right turning to the left side, and raising the left by the flank, he will do a cadenza di zoppetto turning to the said left side, then he will give a sottopiede to the left with the right, turning to the left side, and raising the said left by the flank he will do a cadenza di zoppetto; that done, he will do a spacchata incrociata with the right to the left turning to the left side, and returning in prospettiva he will do a seguito battuti forwards with the left, and a cambiata di piedi strisciata, and a striscio turning around to the left side, with a [illegible word – reccacciata?] with the left to the right, turning to the left side, and returning in prospettiva he will raise the right in front, and do a passo in aria cromatico, and a seguito battuto with the left to the right side [here 'al par', not 'per lato'], and this mutanza should be done four times, just as the first and second mutanze, then the gentleman and lady will do a reverenza semigrave facing; and, both turning round to the left side, they will do four seguiti spezzati schicciati, and returning in prospettiva they will do a passo naturale forwards, and a reverenza semigrave, and the gentleman will stop, and the lady will do the following mutanza.

[p406]

Having her feet even, she will do two seguiti spezzati strisciati, one with the left, the other with the right, going forwards, and with the left she will do one schicciata di punta backwards to the right, and one [schicciata] di calcagnio, and she will thrust the said left forwards, and do a passo naturale forwards with that foot, and give a sottopiede to the left with the right, and raising the left by the flank to the left side, she will do a passo in aria semiminimo, and raising the right PF, a cadenza, and she will give a sottopiede with the right to the left, and raising the left by the flank she will do with that same a seguito spezzato turning round to the left side, and a passo incrociata with the right foot to the left turning round to the left side, and returning in prospettiva she will give a sottopiede to the right with the left, and do a seguito battuto forwards with the right, and a balzetto backwards, then she will do a seguito ordinario minimo with the right turning round to the left side, and returning in prospettiva she will do with the left, which she will find raised behind, a seguito battuto to the right side. And this mutanza should be done twice going forwards, and twice going back, beginning with the left, and then with the right, and when the lady has done the said mutanza four times, she will do the reverenza semigrave together with the gentleman, and four seguiti spezzati schicciati turning aroudn to the left side, and returning in prospettiva, they will do [p407] a passo naturale forwards, and the reverenza semigrave, and that done, the gentleman will dance the following mutanza, and at the same time the lady will also dance her following [mutanza].

Standing with the feet even, he will do a spacchata by the flank to the left side, and give a sottopiede to the left with the right, and raising the said left by the flank, he will do two represe by the flank to the left side, and he will do a seguito battuto di Canario forwards with the left, and with the right three schicciate de punta, one forwards, one backwards, and one forwards, and holding the toe of the said right a little turned to the flank, he will do with the right, which he will find raised in front, a passo in aria cromatico, and raising the left in front, he will do with the same a fioretto battuto doppio, and with the right, which he will find raised in front, he will do a cadenza di zoppetto backwards, and a passo striciato finto backwards with the left, and a fioretto battuto doppio with the right, and with the left, which he will find raised in front, a seguito battuti forwards, then he will do a fioretto turning around to the left side, and give a sottopiede with the left to the right, and raising the right by the flank, he will do a zoppetto turning to the left side, and returning in prospettiva, he will do with the right, which he will find raised in front, a passo in aria cromatico, and raising the left in front, a cadenza. And this mutanza should be done four times, [p408] according to the same rule as the other mutanze described, and at the same time as the gentlemen is dances the mutanza above, the lady also dances the mutanza below.

Having her feet even, she will do a balzetto per fianco to the left side, and give a sottopiede to the left with the right, and raising the left by the flank, she will do a represa per fianco to the left side, and seguito battuto forwards with the left, and a passo grave strisciato with the right, and raising the left in front, she will do a fioretto battuto forwards, and a passo backwards with the right, and a finta strisciata backwards with the left, and a cadenza ritornata with the right, and a seguito battuto forwards with the left, then with the right she will give a sottopiede to the left, and raising the said left in front, she will do with the same a seguito spezzato turning round to the left side, and with the right she will do a passo incrociato to the left turning to the left side, and returning in prospettiva she will do a seguiti battuto with the left to the right side. And said mutanza should be done twice going forwards, and twice going back, beginning with the left, and then with the right, and having done it four times, they will do the reverenza semigrave, and turning to the left side, four seguiti spezzati, and returning to face, another four seguiti spezzati, going to meet, and they will take ordinary hands, and do another four similar seguiti, with which the gentleman will lead the lady to her place [p409] and they will do the reverenza semigrave facing, [next portion is barely legible; what follows is a rough attempt] finishing the dance; and those who wish to do more mutanze, or who with to do other mutanze, may take those other mutanze from these that follow as it pleases them.

[There follow twelve alternative mutanze for men, and six for women]