In Praise of the Illustrious Lady

The Lady Vittoria Santacroce Borghese,

Roman Gentlewoman

In starting this Ballo, the man will take the lady by the ordinary hand, and together they will do the Riverenza minima, with 2 Continenze, 1 to the left, the other to the right; then they will do 8 Seguiti spezzati schisciati, 4 walking forward, and 4 letting go, turned to the left, to the end of which finding it at one head of the hall, and the other at the other, facing the one to the other they will do 2 Passi presti forward, and the Cadenza, starting each thing with the left foot, and then with the right.

Change of the man.

The man alone will do 8 Seguiti battuti, and he will do the Retreat with 4 Passi gravi schisciati back flanked: after that they will do together 4 Seguiti spezzati schisciati, 2 turned to the left, and 2 in perspective, with 2 Passi presti forward, and the Cadenza.

The lady will do the same change, and together they will do the said actions.

Second change.

In the second change, the man will do 2 Seguiti battuti by feet 8 turns; then he will do the Retreat in this manner, that is, 3 Riprese, and 1 Trabuchetto with the left flank outward: he will do the same with the right; and he will do this 4 turns always flanking it: then they will do together the said Seguiti schisciati, with the Passi forward, and the Cadenza.

The lady will do the same change, and together the said actions.

Third change.

In the third change, the man alone will do 2 beats of feet preste, and 1 Seguito battuto, starting with the left foot; then he will do the same starting with the right: and this he will do 4 turns, and together they will do the actions said of above.

The lady will do the same change; and together they will do the Retreat; after the which they will do 12 Seguiti schisciati, 4 turned to the left, and 4 walking forward, changing place, with 4 turned similarly to the left, and with 2 Passi presti forward, and the Cadenza.

Fourth change.

In the fourth change, the man alone will do 2 Seguiti battuti always with the left foot, with 3 beats preste, starting it with the right foot, and another Seguito battuto with the left, flanking the body a little: he will do the same starting with the right foot to the right; and this he will do 4 turns; then he will do the Retreat in this manner, that is, 2 Passi gravi schisciati, and 3 presti, starting with the left; he will do the same starting it with the right: and if they will have enough field in the hall, he will do this 4 turns: then together they will do the same actions said of above, that is, 4 Seguiti schisciati turned to the left, and 2 Passi presti forward, and the Cadenza.

The lady alone will do the same change, and together the things said of above.

Fifth change.

The man alone will be turned a little in perspective to the right, and he will do with the left foot 2 Schisciate, first with the heel forward, then with the point back, and turning facing to the lady, he will do 1 beat with the same foot; he will do the same by opposite: then he will do 2 Passi gravi schisciati back by straight line, with 1 Seguito battuto, starting it with the left foot, with 2 beats preste, 1 with the right, the other with the left, settling it there a pause; then he will do 1 Zoppetto with the said foot, and raising the right, in the lowering it he will be turned with the right flank inward towards the lady, and will do 4 beats preste, with 2 Seguiti battuti in perspective to the lady, starting said Passi, and Seguiti with the right foot: he will do the same another turn by opposite. After that he will do the Retreat, that is, 2 Passi schisciati, and 1 Seguito battuto, wantonizing it always, starting with the left foot, and then with the right; and he will do this 4 turns: then they will turn together the said Seguiti, and they will do 2 Passi presti forward, and the Cadenza.

The lady alone will do the same change.

Sixth change.

The man alone will do 5 Schisciate preste forward, always with the left foot, starting with the heel; then he will cross, or to say better, will put the left foot over to the right, and will do 2 other Schisciate, first with the point, then with the heel, and raising said foot, he will do with the same foot another Schisciata with the point by straight line: finally he will do 1 beat level keeping said left foot all on ground. After that he will do facing 2 Seguiti battuti, 1 with the right, the other with the left, with 3 beats preste, starting it with the right, and another Seguito battuto with the left. He will start the same change another turn by opposite; then he will do the Retreat in this manner, that is, 1 Ripresa with the left flank outward, and 3 Trabuchetti flanked, starting with the left foot; and he will do the same another turn by opposite. Together they will do the said Seguiti schisciati turned to the left, with the 2 Passi presti forward, and the Cadenza.

The lady alone will do the same change; then together they will do 4 Seguiti schisciati turned to the left, and another 8 scorsi, 4 taking the right hand, and 4 letting it go, and the lady will turn the 4 final to the left, and the man will do them facing; the which then taking the lady by the ordinary hand, they will finish the Ballo with doing together the Riverenza: to the end of which the man will pause the lady to his place.

Lute tablature of the Canario.

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