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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n saraband a stately court dance of the 17th and 18th centuries; in slow time
    • n saraband music composed for dancing the saraband
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Saraband A slow Spanish dance of Saracenic origin, to an air in triple time; also, the air itself. "She has brought us the newest saraband from the court of Queen Mab."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n saraband A slow and stately dance of Spanish origin, primarily for a single dancer, but later used as a contra-dance. It was originally accompanied by singing, and at one time was severely censured for its immoral character.
    • n saraband Music for such a dance or in its rhythm, which is triple and slow, usually with a decided emphasis upon the second beat of the measure. In the old suite, the saraband was the distinctively slow movement, and was usually placed before the gigue.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Saraband sar′a-band a slow Spanish dance, or the music to which it is danced; a short piece of music, of deliberate character, and with a peculiar rhythm, in ¾-time, the accent being placed on the second crotchet of each measure.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. sarabande, Sp. zarabanda, fr. Per. serbend, a song
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. zarabanda; from Pers. sarband, a fillet for the hair.


In literature:

He cannot pardon her the history of the Saraband.
"The Three Musketeers" by Alexandre Dumas, Pere
Elsie rattled out the triple measure of a saraband.
"Elsie Venner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The afternoon was well advanced when Torpenhow came to the door and saw Dick dancing a wild saraband under the skylight.
"The Light That Failed" by Rudyard Kipling
SARABAND, a slow dance.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
SARABAND, a slow dance.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
SARABAND, a slow dance.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
Going and entering, perched on the cover or fluttering round the room, for more than three hours they continued their frenzied saraband.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
It must have been a great satisfaction to Anne of Austria to see Richelieu dance that saraband.
"Sword and Gown" by George A. Lawrence
Winged insects danced sarabands in the sunshine.
"The Girl on the Boat" by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
The other planets danced their saraband.
"Scrimshaw" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
There is a quaint sarabande, and a gavotte written on simple lines, but superbly.
"Contemporary American Composers" by Rupert Hughes
The sarabands illustrate Bach's method in slow movements.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
With smiling face and merry jest she danced the sarabande.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Somewhere there was a moon, for scurrying clouds were dancing a witches' saraband across a faintly clearer sky.
"Messengers of Evil" by Pierre Souvestre
The Sarabande is a slow, stately dance; always in triple meter indicated by 3/2 or 3/4.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
Moonlight danced a silvery saraband on his white shield, and the blood-red cross blurred and seemed to run.
"A Knyght Ther Was" by Robert F. Young
Before the second act is a very stately saraband.
"Shakespeare and Music" by Christopher Wilson
Malvina Cavalazzi will dance the Saraband.
"The Mapleson Memoirs, vol II" by James H. Mapleson
Miss Longmuir flew up the steps to his assistance, and unseen sarabands pummelled the floor of the loft.
"In Mr. Knox's Country" by E. OEnone Somerville
So Anne-Marie played the Beethoven Concerto and the Beethoven Romance, the Bach Chaconne and Fugue, Prelude and Sarabande.
"The Devourers" by Annie Vivanti Chartres

In poetry:

Only the heat waves
In this land
Sardonically dance
A Saraband.
"Blue Marl " by Norman MacLeod
II. The slow Pas Grave, the brisk Coupee,
The Rigadoon, the light Chassee,
Devoid of gig,
I little prize; or Saraband
Of Spain; or German Allemande:
Give me a jig!
"The Irish Jig" by Sydney Owenson

In news:

Toward the end of Saraband, the uneven new film from legendary director Ingmar Bergman, a character sits down with his daughter, a taut girl who is obviously in emotional distress.
' Saraband ': Bergman's Dance of the Years.
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