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FEUILLET, Raoul-Auger ca. 1653-ca. 1709 and [Jacques] DEZAIS fl. early 18th century
Chorégraphie ou l'art de décrire la dance, par caractères, figures et signes démonstrifs, avec lesquels on apprend facilement de soy-même toutes sortes de dances. ouvrage très utile aux maîtres à dancer et à toutes les personnes qui s'appliquent à la dance. Par Mrs. Feuillet et Dezais Maîtres de Dances. Prix: [...]
Paris: Chez le Sr. Dezais, Ruë de Bussi Faubourg St. Germain à la Cour Impériale... Avec Privilége du Roy, 1713. The revised edition of this seminal work. RISM BVI p. 314 (two copies only of all editions in U.S.: one of the first [1700] edition, at the NYPL, and one of the present edition, at the Library of Congress). De Moroda 938. Beaumont p. 72. "Unlike previous methods, which describe movement verbally and use letters to refer to the sequence of steps, Feuillet's system is a track notation. It represents symbolically not only the steps of the dancer, with his turns, leaps and slides, but also the floor pattern in which he is to travel. The dance music is printed at the top of the page, and the steps are marked off in a manner corresponding to the structure of the music." Meredith Ellis Little in Grove Music Online. "With the invention of his dance notation system in the eighteenth century, Raoul-Auger Feuillet revolutionized the dance world. Published in 1700, his Chorégraphie... was conceived as a self-teaching device, not a way of preserving dance. Yet owing to its immense popularity throughout Europe, even today a large body of theatrical and ballroom dances from that period in both printed and manuscript forms can still be found in most archives... Chorégraphie was reprinted three times in thirteen years, translated into English by John Weaver in 1706, and appeared in various "improved" versions in France, Germany, Spain, and Portugal. Voltaire (1751) ranked the invention among the "achievements of his day" and Denis Diderot (1763) devoted ten pages to the subjec … [Click Below for Full Description]
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