Vocabulary Word: Battement

  • BATTEMENT
[F.] French 17th-centruy term from any ornament consisting of an alteration of two adjacent tones, e.g., mordent, trill, or vibrato. 
  • In Ballet:

 A movement in which the dancer lifts one leg to the front, side,or back, and returns it to the supporting leg.

|source: The Harvard Dictionary of Music, 1956: Cambridge, Mass.{Thomas McGregor}|
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