- a lively dance in triple meter popular in France in the 17th and 18th centuries.
- a dance form in moderately fast 3/8 or 3/4 meter, occasionally constituting part of the 17th- and 18th-century instrumental suite.
Origin of passepied
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Historical Examples of passepied
Passepied (B flat major) "pour Madame Redwen," short and simple, but very neat and graceful, and quite in dance form.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 2 (of 3)
- a lively minuet of Breton origin, in triple time, popular in the 17th century
- a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
Word Origin for passepied
C17: from French: pass the foot
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