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1. A spirited dance in triple meter, popular in France and England in the 1600s and 1700s, resembling a minuet but faster.
2. The music for this dance.

[French : passer, to pass; see pass + pied, foot (from Old French, from Latin pēs, ped-; see pedal).]
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n, pl -pieds (-ˈpjeɪ)
1. (Dancing) a lively minuet of Breton origin, in triple time, popular in the 17th century
2. (Music, other) a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
3. (Dancing) a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
[C17: from French: pass the foot]
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For example, Fugue in F Major from WTC 1 is in the style of a passepied and resembles the passepied movement that Bach labeled in his Partita No.
For example, this passage in Delibes's Passepied from Le Roi S'Amuse [ABCCAB1/coda] is originally for string orchestra.
1 in C; Passepied;" "Bourree Brandenburg Concerto No 1 in F;" "Partita in B; Menuetto, Trio, Polacca, Duo Echo;" "Little" Fugue in G; "Suite in B minor: Badinerie Invention;" and "Suite No.
Perhaps the most far-reaching editorial changes occur in the Inventions, where the editor transposes the work one step higher and changes the meter of the Passepied and Toccata (the first and fourth movements, respectively) from [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] to [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].
Armande de Polignac's unpublished "Petite suite pour clavecin" and Marie Prestat's three Pieces dans le style ancien (Menuet Louis XIV, Passepied, La reine au petit lever) are mentioned in Launay, Les compositrices francaises, 338.
Then, the dancers will return for the brief remaining sections: Courante, Gavotte, Forlane, Menuett, Bourree and Passepied.
A chain of increasingly dynamic dances ensues ("Gavotte gracieuse," "Menuet," "Gavotte gaie," "Chaconne vive," "Loure tres grave," "Passepied vif," "Rigaudon vif"), and is meant to evoke the awakening of the Statue to life.(27) The Statue attempts the steps of each in turn, before launching forth solo into a sensuous "Sarabande." At last, the throng enters to acclaim the miracle.
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.
= 56 3/8 passepied style, very short, ([quaver] = 168) staccato or non-legato eighth notes 5 Two voices, excellent [crotchet] = 84 introduction to hand crossings 30 Four-voice hymn-style texture, [crotchet] = 72 mostly legato, some pedal recommended 8 Two voices, energetic and [crotchet] = 96 extroverted, some challenging hand crossings 1 Two voices in fast corrente style, [crotchet] = 108 fastest quarter-note speed of all the 3/4 variations 17 Two voices with constant 16th [crotchet] = 84 note motion, some octave transpositions recommended on piano 16 French overture style in two [crotchet] = 63; sections, three-voice fughetta [crotchet].
An unfortunate and confusing grammatical error appears numerous times throughout the edition: the editori al annotation "violons seule" should read "violons seuls" (i.e., only the violins, without woodwind doubling); similarly "fl[hat{u}]tes seule" should read "fl[hat{u}]tes seules." Also, despite the title "Passe-pied pour les violons," the first passepied on page 31 should include doubling oboes and bassoons (clearly indicated in the source by the word "tous"); the second passepied is, as one expects, a woodwind trio.