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 (rĭg′ə-do͞on′) or ri·gau·don (rē-gô-dōN′) also rig·o·don (rĭg′ə-dŏn′)
1. A lively jumping quickstep for two couples, usually in rapid duple meter.
2. The music for this dance.

[French rigaudon, rigodon, of unknown origin.]


(ˌrɪɡəˈduːn) or


1. (Dancing) an old Provençal couple dance, light and graceful, in lively duple time
2. (Music, other) a piece of music for or in the rhythm of this dance
[C17: from French, allegedly from its inventor Rigaud, a dancing master at Marseille]


(ˌrɪg əˈdun)

1. a dance of the 17th and 18th centuries in quick duple meter.
2. music for this dance.
[1685–95; < French rigaudon, perhaps from the surname Rigaud]
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The Orchestra will also present three orchestral works, two of which are Cyprus premieres: the overture to the opera La Dame Blanche by the phenomenally successful opera composer Francois-Adrien Boieldieu and Camille Saint-Saens' baroque dances Sarabande and Rigaudon, [eth]Ap.
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He premiered Arthur Foote's Sarabande and Rigaudon, for oboe (or flute), viola (or violin), and piano (composed in 1921), and was likely the inspiration behind Foote arranging for viola his Melody, for violin and piano.
Solo violin and viola delivered the final lively Rigaudon with panache and verve.
This year, as usual, there is a variety of composers and works including Franck's Fantaisie en la, Fiat Lux (Dix Pieces) by Dubois, Bonnet's Variations de Concert and Lully's Rigaudon.
The orchestra began with a rousing selection of Edvard Grieg's Holberg Suite, Prelude, Aria and Rigaudon.
Highlights of the program, which was accompanied onstage by fumes Richman's excellent Concert Royal ensemble, were the opening "Dances of the Court," which showed popular dance forms of the period (minuet passepied, rigaudon, allemande), and the subsequent "Danses Nobles," a more formal presentation of dances created for theatrical performances.
The Rigaudon in A Minor by Telemann is a useful practice piece for its variety of touches (legato in one hand against staccato in the other) and precise articulation required in each hand, as well as for its strong emphasis on both five-finger scalar patterns and octave leaps in the bass.
Ever-objective, Ravel was also represented in the leaner textures of Le Tombeau de Couperin, its Prelude given at a swift tempo well coped with by the woodwind, the inner movements suavely shaped, and the concluding Rigaudon bringing some tight, biting string articulation.
Rather less successful was Campra's Rigaudon from Idomenee, a crashing conversation between the heavy pressure reeds but, nevertheless, a great curtain-raiser.
The dances are categorized according to type: courante, minuet and passepied, gavotte, bourree and rigaudon, sarabande, gigue, allemande, pavane, and galliard and volta.