Bransle des Sabots

The dance of the clogs. This one comes from Arbeau, but Praetorius had it too. People often play tunes like this on instruments with a drone note like a hurdy-gurdy or a bagpipe, I’ve double-stopped (played two strings at once) all the way through to simulate that except at the end where I play all four. That’s value for money, that is.

It’s a little-known fact (because it isn’t true) that dancers who didn’t like hurdy-gurdies would throw their clogs into the mechanism to try and stop them from working, which became known as sabotage.

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Graham Lee

Plays the tunes.

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