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1. a 19th-century couple dance in quick duple time
2. a piece of music composed for this dance
Collins Discovery Encyclopedia, 1st edition © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a 19th-century ballroom dance executed with a swift, galloping movement. The musical meter is 2/4. The galop apparently originated in Germany and spread throughout Europe in the early 19th century. It was used in operas, operettas, and ballets. Well-known galops include those by E. Waldteufel, J. Lanner, and J. Strauss the Younger. Schubert, Liszt, Glinka, and Tchaikovsky created serious artistic examples of the galop.

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