Cesare Negri

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Figure Negris in his book Nuove Inventioni di Balli (1604)

Cesare Negri , also Il Trombone , (* around 1535 in Milan , † around 1604), was an Italian dance master of the Renaissance at the court of Milan.

In the second half of the 16th century he wrote an important treatise on courtly dance in Italy. His treatise Le gratie d'amore , first published in Milan in 1602, is one of the most important sources on Italian ballroom dancing in the Renaissance , along with those by Fabritio Caroso .

Divided into three sections, the first part is a biographical outline of Negri's professional background, while the second describes the most virtuoso dance of the time - the " Galliarde ". The third section conveys a number of additional steps used in the 43 choreographies in the treatise. - The full-page illustrations mostly give an impression of the starting position for the individual dances. The appropriate music is added to each dance.


  • Le Gratie d'Amore , G. Bordone, Milan 1602 (new edition: Nuove Inventioni di Balli , Milan 1604)
  • Le Gratie d'Amore. First German translation of the Milan 1602 edition by Brigitte Garski . Hildesheim, Zurich, New York: Olms Verlag 2003

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