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danse macabre:see Death, Dance ofDeath, Dance of,
or danse macabre
, originally a 14th-century morality poem. The poem was a dialogue between Death and representatives of all classes from the Pope down. By the 15th cent., pictorial representation with verses illustrating the pictures became common.
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Dance of Death; procession of all on their way to the grave. [Art: Osborne, 299–300, 677]
Saint-Saëns’ musical depiction of a dance of the dead. [Music Hist.: Thompson, 1906]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.