Busch, Carolann. "The Dances of Battistino : Five Italian Renaissance
Duets From the Sixteenth Century." Master's Thesis (UCLA-1984), UCLA,
Abstract: Sixteenth century court dance has been preserved in Fabrito
M. Caroso's Italian manual Il Ballarino
(1581). Within the Caroso work, twelve dances are attributed to a Messer
Battistino. Five of these dances, all duets, are the focus of this thesis.
These dances were chosen as typical of Battistino's work and, to the author,
the most interesting choreographies. The dances are: "Contentezza
d'Amore," "Rustica Amorosa," "Lucretia Favorita,"
"Bassa Toscana," and "Barriera Balletto." This study
documents the process of reconstructing these dances from an original dance
manual, and some comparative remarks. In recreating these dances, Il
Ballarino is the primary and only source used for the dance directions and
music. The step descriptions and some stylistic remarks on execution and
etiquette are found in the first section of the book. In realizing dances
of any given era, it is important to follow those step rules and instructions
found within the same manual as the dances themselves. Each of the dances
described will be followed by a discussion of the text which will examine
the various areas of interpretation. The dancer cue sheet, floor plan and
lute transcription are provided as aids for further reconstructions of these
works by other interested parties.