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PAVAN PAVANE

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Originally appearing in Volume V20, Page 969 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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PAVAN PAVANE Or PAVAN, the name of a slow stately dance of the 16th and 17th centuries. The word has been variously derived: (I) from Lat. pavo, peacock; the dancers, as they wheel and turn, spread out their long cloaks, which they retained in this dance, like the tail of the bird; (2) from Padovana, i.e. of Padua, in Italy; the dance, however, is usually taken to have come from Spain. As an instrumental composition, common in the 16th and 17th centuries, the " pavane " was usually followed by the quick and lively " galliard," as the " gigue " followed the " saraband " in the later suite (see DANCE).
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