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For the region of the Netherlands, see Balloo (Netherlands).

The Ballo was an Italian dance form during the fifteenth century, most noted for its frequent changes of tempo and meter. Balli were written by various composers, primarily the dance masters Domenico da Piacenza and Guglielmo Ebreo da Pesaro who also wrote treatises including choreographies to their works.

Domenico wrote of the balli as dealing with four misure:

  • The Bassadanza, from the basse danse, consisting of what would now be labeled as a slow 6/4 or 3/2
  • The Quadernaria, one-sixth faster than the Bassadanza
  • The Saltarello, two-sixths faster than the Bassadanza
  • The Piva, twice as fast as the Bassadanza [1]

Further reading

  • Guglielmo Ebreo. De Pratica Seu Arte Tripudii: "On the Practice or Art of Dancing" (ISBN 978-0198165743)
  • Domenico da Piacenza. De Arte Saltandi et Choreas Ducendi

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