bergamasca

bergamasca

[Italian ber-gah-mahs-kah]
noun, plural bergamasche [ber-gah-mahs-ke] .
1.
a fast dance similar to the tarantella.
2.
the music for this dance.

Origin:
1580–90; < Italian, noun use of feminine of Bergamasco of Bergama

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To bergamasca
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia

bergamasca

lusty 16th-century dance depicting the reputedly awkward manners of the inhabitants of Bergamo, in northern Italy, where the dance supposedly originated. It was performed as a circle courtship dance for couples: men circled forward and women backward until the melody changed; partners then embraced, turned a few steps, and began again. The rustics in Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream perform a bergomask.

Learn more about bergamasca with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature