Ronde

 

This is another old French dance, similar to Bransle.

In French, Ronde means 'round'. It's called that because it was danced in a ring or circle, holding hands.

Susato arranged and published it in the late 16th century, but the original tune is probably much older.

Ronde is also the French name for a semibreve         a note which lasts for 4 beats.

Here's a version for recorder quartet (descant, treble, tenor and bass recorders).

Listen to how the descant adds fancy bits ('ornamentation') on the repeats.

RONDE - recorder quartet
 
Start by clapping the rhythm
 
Tricky bits to practice first

Do you remember this bit from Bransle?

You have to do it in Ronde as well.

You also have to do the same pattern one step higher, starting on B:

Here's another tricky bit:

It would be a good idea to practice all 3 of them now!

Look where they happen in the tune:

Once you can play these bits, the rest of it's quite easy

 
Extension

Try starting the first pattern on every note:

Practice it one bar at a time to start with, then see if you can join the bars together.
Start slowly, then try speeding up.
When you can do it, try it backwards!

 
Tutorial
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