Source:

Number of dancers:

4

About this choreography:

Katherine Davies, and students, in class; 2017.

Choreography:

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The brando is danced by four people, in a square, facing inwards.

Typically two men and two women: stand opposite the other person of the same gender as yourself (or the person taking that role in the dance). If you are a woman, the man to your left is your partner, the man to your right will be referred to as your corner. If you are a man, the woman to your right is your partner, and the woman to your left will be referred to as your corner.

This is done to the first phrase of Negri's music, played four times. The rhythm is alternating 6/4 and 4/4, so the beat for the dancers feels like "slow-- slow-- fast- fast-" (unless the musicians regularise the rhythm, as some recordings do). This is part one through four in Negri's text.

- Riverenza; Jump left, jump right

**Chorus:***Seguito ordinario, each person turning in place, to the left**Tap your right foot on the ground, hopping on it; tap your left foot on the ground, hopping on it, and land with both feet together - I call this as "***boingely-boingely-boing**" (silly, but it works). Do this**holding both hands with your partner**.

- Chorus: turn in place, then boingely-boingely-boing holding both hands with your corner

- Chorus: turn in place, then boingely-boingely-boing in a circle not holding hands

- Chorus: turn in place, then boingely-boingely-boing all holding hands in a circle

Music:

The music comes in many parts, and Negri's description of the repeat structure doesn't quite match the actual number of sections listed.

We danced to the Copenhagen Musicians, on "In the Italian Manner: Dances from the Royal Courts of Europe, c. 1600".

About this translation:

Katherine Davies, 2017

Translation:

IL BRANDO GENTILE, by the Author, danced by four, two gentlemen and two ladies.

In honour of the illustrious lady, Lady Clara Settala è Carcana.

FIRST PART

All four stop in the middle of the room, in a square, as in the figure; and together they do the short *riverenza*, two *saltini* [little jumps] to the left and the right, one *seguito* turning around to the left, and taking both hands with their own women with a little bow, a they do two *battute in saltino* [stamps with little jumps, or jumped stamps] with the right foot, and the left, with a *saltino** à piè** pari* [little jump with even feet], these * battute*, and the * saltino* are done at the end of each of these first parts of the * brando*.

SECOND PART

Together they do one *passo* [step] and one *sottopiede*, and one *saltino in ripresa* to the left flank and they do the same to the right flank, and then one *seguito* turning around to the left; taking both hands with the other lady, and they two the * battute* with *saltino*, as was done above with the* saltino à piè pari.*

THIRD PART

Together they do four *spezzati* going around to the left hand, each returning to their own place. Then one *seguito* turning around to the left, without taking hands, and turning themselves face to face the * battute*, as above with the *saltino.*

FOURTH PART

They do together two *ripresa* to the left and the right one *seguito* turning around to the left, and all four together taking by both hands they do the *battute*, as above with the *saltino*.

Variation of the tune.

FIFTH PART

They do together four *seguiti* two going to the left, and two turning themselves around to the outside, and returning to their own places, they will do a *seguito* with the left, the one opposite/facing/meeting the other, turning that flank a *saltino* on that said foot with the right raised behind a *sottopiede*, and with that one *saltino* with the left raised, and two *passi* turning around to that said hand, one with that said foot and the other with the right, and then the *cadenza* with a *saltino a piè pari.* These

SIXTH PARTH

The gentlemen take the right hands of their own ladies, and do two *seguiti* one passing into the place of the other, and turning themselves face to face, athen they do the other *seguito* taking the left hand and returning to their own places. Then the gentlemen release and they do two *seguiti* turning around to the left, the ladies in the same time do two *riprese* to the left and the right, and together they do the *seguito* and the *saltini* and the *passi* turning, as they did above.

SEVENTH PART

The gentlemen take the right hands of the other ladies and they do together the same *seguiti* passing the one into the place of the other; then taking the left hands they return to their own palces and do the aforementioned *riprese* to the left and the right, and the ladies at the same time do two *seguiti* turning around to the left, and they do together the * seguito* and the *saltini* and the *passi* turning, as they did above.

EIGHTH PART

Together they do two *seguiti* one opposite/meeting each other going forwards and the other *seguito* turning around to the left; and then they do four *spezzati* a little backwards, the one opposite the other, flankingly, and they do the * seguito* and the *saltini* and the *passi* turning, as they did above.

Variation of the tune.

NINTH PART

The gentlemen alone do two *riprese* to the left and to the right two *passi* and a *saltino* turning around to the left, three *passi* one backwards, and two forwards, with the said foot, two *trabucchetti* one over that foot and the other over the right foot. Two *passi* and a * saltino*, as they did, turning around to the left with that foot. The ladies alone will do the same *riprese* and the actions that were done above, raising the body a little in place of the *saltini*.

Variation of the tune.

TENTH PART

The gentlemen alone will do two * puntate * one forwards with the left turning that flank, the other backwrds wtih the right foot, two *seguiti* one turning to that flank and the other *seguito* turning the left then they do four *spezzati* turning around to that left hand. The ladies alone will do the same *puntate* and the *seguiti* adn the *spezzati* that were done above.

Variation of the tune.

ELEVENTH PART

The gentlemen will take both the hands of their own ladies, and do a *ripresa* of four *saltini* with the left turning around by that hand, and going each into the place of the other, and then they do four *trabucchetti* on the right foot, and on the left then they return to do *ripresa* to the right hand with the said foot returning to their own places and they do the *trabucchetti* as above with the left.

Variation of the tune

TWELFTH PART

The gentlemen alone will do two *saltini*, one to the left, and the other to the right, two *seguiti* the one passing into the place of the other, and turning themselves face to face they do a little bow [*un poco inchino*] to the other lady, then returning to their own places with the other *seguito* they do another little bow to their own ladies, and all together they do two *seguiti* turning around to the left. The ladies alone do the *saltini* and the *seguiti* as they did above, and all together they do the *seguiti* turning around to their own places.

Variation of the tune in the first part.

THIRTEENTH PART

The gentlemen take the right hands of their own ladies, passing into the middle. Then taking te left hands of the other [ladies] passing by the outsdie, and they do four *spezzati* and two *seguiti* in a hay [*treccia*] taking hands four times, and returning each one to his own place.

FOURTEENTH PART

Together they do a *passo* and a *sottopiede*, and a *saltino in ripresa* to the left flank, and this they do another time to the right. They do two *spezzati* flankingly backwards, one opposite the other, and one *seguito* forwards with the left foot. The they do together the *riverenza* to gracefully finish the dance.

*The notation for the music for Brando Gentile, with the intabulation for the lute. The first part is done four times, the second four, the third twice, the fourth twice, the fifth twice, the sixth twice then they return to do the first part twice, and so the brando is finished.*