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courtly dance of the 12th-14th century. Mentioned in trouvere poetry, it was probably danced with sliding steps by couples to the music of vielles (medieval viols); its afterdance was the saltarello. In musical form the estampie derives from the sequence, a medieval genre of Latin hymn. Like the sequence it has a series of repeated melodic phrases (aa, bb, cc, . . . ); phrase endings in the repetitions are often varied

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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