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Anonymous Tourdion (for Wind Quintet)

Dancing ‘The Twist’, Renaissance-style,

with a hint of booze...

The Tourdion is a lively dance from the Renaissance era, and its name comes from the French verb tordre, i.e. 'to twist', a reference no doubt to the style of movement involved.

This example, based on a drinking song, was collected and published by Pierre Attaignant (c.1494 – 1551) who is considered one of the innovators in the printing and dissemination of music on a large scale, and this when the printing press had only just left the period of its infancy. I like to think that the wind quintet arrangement of this popular and familiar tune is continuing this tradition of distribution, but now via the major communications innovation of our own era.


Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, Bassoon

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, Bassoon

Tourdion mp3 sample Anon - Tourdion SAMPLE.jpg