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1. A French peasant dance of Baroque origin in moderately quick duple meter.
2. The music for this dance.

[French, from Provençal gavoto, from gavot, native of the Alps, possibly from gava, crop of a bird, from Vulgar Latin *gaba, gullet, throat.]

ga·votte′ v.


(ɡəˈvɒt) or


1. (Dancing) an old formal dance in quadruple time
2. (Classical Music) a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
[C17: from French, from Provençal gavoto, from gavot mountaineer, dweller in the Alps (where the dance originated), from gava goitre (widespread in the Alps), from Old Latin gaba (unattested) throat]



1. an old French dance in moderately quick quadruple meter.
2. a piece of instumental music in the rhythm of the gavotte.
[1690–1700; < French < Occitan gavoto a mountaineer of Provence]


A kind of folk dance originating from Gap, in the Haute- Alpes region fo France.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gavotte - an old formal French dance in quadruple time
social dancing - dancing as part of a social occasion
2.gavotte - music composed in quadruple time for dancing the gavotte
dance music - music to dance to


[gəˈvɒt] Ngavota f


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Again, there was the little French chevalier opposite, who gave lessons in his native tongue at various schools in the neighbourhood, and who might be heard in his apartment of nights playing tremulous old gavottes and minuets on a wheezy old fiddle.
Pupils of the Wooldale and Honley-based school entertained during three nights at the Holmfirth Civic Hall with cha cha chas, gavottes, jives, waltzs, tangos, American smooths and freestyle dances.
A Gavotte--actually Gavottes I and II in da capo--and Sarabande were soon performed at several concerts by both Clara Schumann and Brahms himself.
D'un point de vue musical, on retrouve des choses tres proches qui sont troublantes: certains chants de femmes lors des mariages ressemblent etonnamment a des gavottes bretonnes, on se rend compte egalement que certains rythmes berberes vont bien sur des gigues irlandaises.
Anna Louizos' set for the palace ball at which Ella meets her Prince (played by Santino Fontana) is actually kind of classy, streamlined to accommodate choreographer Josh Rhodes' twirling waltzes and galloping gavottes.
Lacking dulcet gavottes, sweeping operas, and heroic symphonies to formulaically compose, our musically creative contemporaries, it seems, are stuck in the ruts of novelty and noise, including that which causes neurophysical pain, making one nostalgic for a little night music.
Because Ken Dorham left so few traces of his nonmusical life, Oliphant gives us instead a biography of his music, parsing and reflecting on virtually every song he ever recorded, backing a dazzling array of geniuses from Lester Young to John Coltrane to Dorham's favorite, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers to: "prodigious Joao Carlos Martins / pianist who recorded all of Bach's / preludes gigues fugues & gavottes / corrente notes as if fins in streams.
Clad in echoes of baroque, there were hints of formal court dance, and elements of courtly courtship - albeit contemporary style - as the two male and two female dancers wove in varying combinations through the gigues and gavottes.
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able to go on without it without gavottes without gazelles that you
The individual pieces comprise overtures, airs, minuets, gigues, gavottes, and the like, and they represent a fair sampling of Rameau's many varied moods and styles.
The succession of minuets, gavottes and other dance forms of the period were executed with effortless technical grace, with flowing melody and well-defined double-stopping.