For example, a Courante, was considered a bright and lively dance in the 16th century. A Pavanne was considered to be a grave, somber and a rather slow dance in comparison. Other examples would be a Galliard, played at a slow tempo, a Bouree considered to be a light and merry piece, a Sarabande where the tempo is slow, typical of work originating from composers Handel and Bach.
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