from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An old Italian dance, or the music for such a dance: probably the same as pavin, but often confused with passepied. It is known in English as passa-measure, passy-measure, passing-measure, etc. Also spelled passemezzo.


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  • [3] The passamezzo, passy-measure or half-measure was a popular

    Days of the Discoverers

  • "Dick, if thou keep not off my heels in the passamezzo --"

    Days of the Discoverers

  • For the foot-tapping, we must turn to the folksy Balkan dance melodies, the bumpy 'New Age' arrangement of a passamezzo by Mainerio and Pickett's bongo-enhanced version of a chanson by Le Jeune.


  • There were dances and songs -- a sailor's contra-dance to the music of a horn pipe, a stately passamezzo by the Indian court, a madrigal and an ode in compliment to the Queen. [

    Days of the Discoverers


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