- a slow, stately Spanish dance, especially of the 17th and 18th centuries, in triple meter, derived from a vigorous castanet dance.
- a piece of music for or using the rhythm of this dance, usually forming one of the movements in the classical suite and following the courante.
Origin of saraband
1610–20; < French sarabande < Spanish zarabanda, perhaps < Arabic sarband a kind of dance < Persian
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Examples from the Web for sarabande
The Sarabande was also in triple time, but its movement was slow and stately.How to Listen to Music, 7th ed.
Henry Edward Krehbiel
The adagio is a sarabande, and the last movement has the characteristics of the gigue.Critical & Historical Essays
Debussy's well-known piece Hommage Rameau is in the style of the Sarabande.Music: An Art and a Language
Walter Raymond Spalding
The card-players watched the sarabande through the dusty atmosphere by the uneven light of the smoking lamps.Autumn Glory
So pavane followed gavotte and sarabande and the more modern minuet, and the ball was very brilliant and gay.A German Pompadour
- a decorous 17th-century courtly dance
- music a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance, in slow triple time, often incorporated into the classical suite
C17: from French, from Spanish zarabanda, of uncertain origin