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- n. Plural form of branle.
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Manuel was well liked by the nobility, and when the barons and the fine ladies assembled in the evening for pavanes and branles and pazzamenos nobody danced more statelily than Messire Manuel.
One holiday, when he went to the house, he found neither the lieutenant nor his lady at home; but there was Bernard du Ha, playing a viol or some other instrument for the servant-women of the house, and teaching them to dance the branles of Gascony.
He's also reorganized the order of the various branles and gaillards, and in doing so, he's lost some of the continuity from one dance into the next that Stravinsky and Balanchine built into the score.