Originating from the 16th century, two forms of courantes co-existed with one another. The Italian Corrente uses fast triple meter, 3/4 and 3/8, while the French Courante tends to be much slower and alternates between 3/2 and 6/4 rhythms. Despire these differences and regardless of the form, composers of the time used the different spellings interchangeably, hence the combined spelling above. This short dance for trumpet and organ explores the commonalities between these two variations and presents them in a more contemporary harmonic language.
It is important to note that the form of a traditional courante acted only as a loose inspiration for the piece. There are, for example, ambiguous phrases and harmonic schemes, hemiola figures, and a binary form that coincides with tradition. However, this piece is downbeat-oriented which is not the case with either species of traditional courantes.
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