Corona (re-reconstructed in February, 2009)
a bassadanza for some number of people in a file
Source: AW Smith (2 mms), reconstructed by Dafydd Cyhoeddwr
Music: Sonare et Balare (DHDS) (not quite a full measure for intro)
Starting position: The word "fila" is used for position, which means "one behind the other", or "column", so the dancers
should be lined up one behind the other. Note that due to the complete lack of interaction between the dancers,
the reference in one mms to "perform{ed} like La Mignotta", and the notes in La Mignotta of many people being
able to do the dance at once, this may well be another "as many as will" dance.
Section 1:
1 Two sempi, left and right, cambiamento left (hop/shift onto the left foot so that the right foot is ready to step)
2 - 5 Two contrapassi, both starting right (1 1/3 measure, 8 beats)
One doppio, left, and cambiamento right (hop/shift to right foot) (1 measure, 6 beats)
One doppio, left (1 measure, 6 beats)
One sempio, right (that completes the tempo) (2/3 measure, 4 beats, total 24 beats, or 4 measures)
6 & 7 One sempio left (in the vuodo (beginning of the measure)) to mezavolta (half a measure),
then one doppio, right, the first step of which should be a hop, to finish the turn (one measure),
finishing measure 7 with a mezavolta (making this a turn and a half) that leaves the left foot free.
8 & 9 Two riprese, left and right, cambiamento left (hop/shift to left foot)
Section 2:
10-13 Two contrapassi, both starting right, and a mezavolta (1 1/3 measure, 8 beats)
Two doubles, left and right, cambiamento left (hop/shift to left foot) (2 measures, 12 beats)
Mezavolta and hop onto the right foot (1/2 measure, 4 beats, total 24 beats, or 4 measures)
14 Voltatonda to the right (with a double)
15 Ripresa left, diagonally, to mezavolta
16 Mezavolta left (with a double)
17 Ripresa right, diagonally, to mezavolta
18 Two continentie, left and right
Section 3:
19 Two riprese, left and right
20 Cambiamento/hop left (hop to the left foot in the vuodo (beginning)), then one doppio, right
21 Ripresa left, diagonally forward
22 Sempio right with a hop, then a ripresa left, diagonally forward
23 Voltatonda (turn around with a double right)
24 Riverentia
Repeats (but the Sonare et Balare version has 5 to many measures per repeat )
There is a note in Rvat that translates to something like:
This is a very challenging (fortissima = very strong, so formidible?) bassadanza, not for people who scribble
on paper, appropriately the crown of the others.
In my original reconstruction, I made some mistaken choices, among them to follow the music composed by the
DHDS for their own reconstruction, which must obviously differ from mine since theirs is 29 measures long.
Instead of assuming that my interpretation is incorrect, I have reconstructed the dance as I think it should be.
My changed assumptions include reinterpreting the cambiamento into a simple weight shift (while the word means
change, the manuscripts speak of it as an ornament, not a full-measure step, so the change is obvious), turning
the instances where the manuscripts say ""two doppi on the right foot" from two ordinary doubles into
contrapassi, which changes the timing (and makes the dance harder, as the end-note in Rvat says), and not
taking another reconstruction's hint that the "performing four actions of quadernaria" should be steps in and of
themselves, instead of a kind of totalling of the time to be taken for the next four steps indicated, which is more
consistent with other usages I have seen.