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  • n  music composed for dancing the pavane
  • n  a stately court dance of the 16th and 17th centuries

  • Like dancers in a ragged pavane, the familiar men in French politics whirled through the precise, formal movements of a familiar French ritualthe search for a new government.
  • The whole affair, in fact, had developed the aura of a surrealistic ritual, with both sides' forces stepping in circles as if they were performing some stately, stylized pavane.
  • There is the grave pavane of the beruffled nudibranchs, tiny fish that swirl among moving fronds like bright dancers in an oriental court.
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  • ASO lyric, radiant at music hall
    Before he got to his already-packed program, conductor David Alan Miller welcomed the crowd and shared memories of a the late Carl Touhey, a beloved ASO supporter who died in August at age 95. In Faure's "Palleas et Melisande," Op. 80, which followed, and Ravel's "Pavane for a Dead Princess," which opened the second half, the orchestra showed a natural ease at creating expansive lyricism and ...
    Oct. 21, 2013 - Albany Times Union

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