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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.]
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(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]
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(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 Air exhibits beautiful and mournful trumpet lyricism, and this is followed by a contrasting Rigaudon to rekindle our spirits as a square dance might.
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Beginning with an attractive pairing of French baroque dances, "Rigaudon and Rondeau" by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Francois Couperin's prodigiously gifted contemporary, and proceeding chronologically through a list of works by a total of 15 composers, it concludes with an exquisite "Berceuse" by Germaine Tailleferre, the only female member of France's revolutionary Les Six.
The woman's rather stooped head and shoulders would have been made of a dummy figure attached in front of the Pierrot's 'real' head to the basket [...] This masked peasant stands inside a basket without a bottom* and performs the pas de rigaudon, with strong stamps of the foot on the ground.
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The orchestra began with a rousing selection of Edvard Grieg's Holberg Suite, Prelude, Aria and Rigaudon. Gifted 19-year-old Andre Gugnin played Mozart's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra E-Flat KV 449, Allegro with great sensitivity.
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.
More significantly, he completely eliminated most of the step symbols from the notations, having outlined rules for `default' steps in the introductory material;(37) only nontravelling steps (jumps in place, balances and pas de rigaudon), and hand and arm motions, were notated.