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, pavan
1. a slow and stately dance of the 16th and 17th centuries
2. a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance, usually characterized by a slow stately triple time
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(also pavan), a ballroom dance, apparently of Spanish origin (Spanish pavana, from Latin pavo, “peacock”); according to another theory, the pavane (Italian padovana) originated in Italy, in the city of Padua. It became popular in France. Its tempo is slow and stately, in duple time. As a musical genre it was widely represented in 16th- and 17th-century repertoires for the lute, clavichord, and instrumental ensembles, usually in combination with a galliard. The pavane is first encountered in published music in 1508.

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The dichotomy of ordered dance mixed with the complexities of human behavior has made Limon's "The Moor's Pavane" a favorite of both modern dance and ballet companies worldwide.
Instead, Windt reads the figures in the texts as purely textual and contextual constructions: 'Pallas [from Pavane fur eine verstorbene Infantin] stammt zwar aus Prag, ihre Herkunft aber wird als historisch-literarisch diskursiv erzeugt thematisiert' (p.
Asaro, of Carlsbad, Calif., took the gold medal for "Pavane for a Dead Princess," which expands upon his body of work depicting the feminine form and was inspired by Maurice Ravel's music of the same name.
Faure's contribution is his Pavane in F-sharp Minor, a quiet and intimate short piece that the composer described as "carefully wrought, but otherwise unimportant." Musicians today hold it in rather higher regard.
Likewise, the last time I heard a live performance of Maurice Ravel's "Pavane for a Dead Princess" was more than a decade ago, in a private dinner club, as a slightly inebriated member implored the house pianist to play it over and over and over again.
Franck: Symphony in D minor; Lalo: Symphony in G minor; Faure: Pavane. Sir Thomas Beecham, Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise.
Her pure vocal crosses borders, too, with a set ranging from Handel's Lascia Ch'io Pianga (the one from the TV ad!) to Greensleeves, and from traditional tune The Water Is Wide to a memorable rendition of Faure's Pavane. The relaxing set is given a modern production edge by Craig Leon and should be a crossover commercial success in both the classical and pop charts.
The prize--which awards $5,000, a residency and a rehearsed reading to one outstanding female playwright-went to Los Angeles-based playwright Alexandra Cunningham for her play Pavane.
Four years ago in France, Faure's Pavane was a similar damp squib, possibly because it was just too high-brow.
Although dance is mentioned in the work's title, and a dance of many couples is clearly in progress in the work, the author describes the musicians, but makes no mention whatsoever of the dance - most likely a pavane. The pavane, a processional dance, was commonly used in the sixteenth century for formal entries.
Meanwhile, Houghton has announced the new works to be developed during his first National Playwrights Conference (June 30-July 29): "Thief River," by Lee Blessing; "Pavane," Alexandra Cunningham; "Madinina," Sarah C.