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.

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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
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Start by clapping the rhythm
Tricky bits to practice first
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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:

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Here's another tricky bit:

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

Look where they happen in the tune:

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


Try starting the first pattern on every note:

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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!

All the way through
All 4 parts
This part only
This part loud
Minus 1
This part only
This part loud
Minus 1
This part only
This part loud
Minus 1
(treble clef)
This part only
This part loud
Minus 1

Ronde Quartet Version

Full Score & Parts
ornamented descant
- bass clef bass
- very easy descant & treble
...and more!