A musical form or dance dating back to 17th century Europe. It is similar in many respects to a Gavotte however it has a quicker and more upbeat tempo. A bouree is generally in common time.

The Bourree is believed to have originated in France or Spain and like the Gavotte, it was most popular during the Renaissance.

A Bouree also generally has two parts that are of a similar structure but may involve some kind variation on the original melody.

The name 'Bourree' also refers to a series of dances, the most well known of which is the French Bourree. This dance involves a group of men and women facing each other, joining hands and engaging in a variety of dance steps. The majority of these steps involve turns and spins that are performed without letting go of the other's hands.

Wharram, Barbara. Elementary Rudiments of Music. Frederick Harris Music Co.: 1969.

Bour*r'ee (?), n. [F.] Mus.

An old French dance tune in common time.


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