noun Ber·ga·masque \ ˈbər-gə-ˌmask \

Definition of Bergamasque

plural Bergamasques
1 : a native or inhabitant of Bergamo, Italy
  • In 1584 he was apprenticed for 4 years to Simone Peterzano, a Bergamasque who claimed to have been a pupil of Titian.
  • —Peter and Linda MurrayA Dictionary of Art and Artists1959
2 : the Italian dialect of Bergamo
  • Calmo's comedies are unique in that he utilized a variety of dialects and languages (Venetian, Bergamasque … German, Turkish, and a Greek-Venetian dialect) to create farcical plots …
  • —Suzanne Magnanini, in Monsters in the Italian Literary Imagination2001
  • … Puss himself elegantly lubricates his virile, muscular, native Bergamasque with French, since this is the only language in which you can purr.
  • —Angela CarterThe Greatest Cat Stories Ever Told2001
3 bergamasque or less commonly Bergamask play \ˈbər-gə-ˌmask\ or Bergomask play \ˈbər-gə-ˌmask\ : a folk dance of the Bergamo region of northern Italy popular mainly in the sixteenth century
  • The final bergamasque is performed to the pulsating throb of Japanese drums.
  • —Jeff Bradley, Denver Post (Colorado)23 July 1997
  • The most memorable event at the play's end isn't the courtly bergamasque or the marriage song; instead it is an affirmation of chaos, it is a tale told by an idiot, by a whole gang of idiots.
  • —Daniel AlbrightMusicking Shakespeare: A Conflict of Theatres2007
  • … the second theme … is repeated immediately, with richer orchestration, and is followed by a swelling transition that leads to a so-called Bergamasque Dance (the word suggests the clownish manners reputedly characteristic of the peasants of Bergamo).
  • —Donald N. FergusonMasterworks of the Orchestral Repertoire1968
  • … it is an inspired idea to have the Bergomask danced with a manic energy that positively compels the courtiers' participation.
  • —Michael Billington, The Guardian (London)20 Aug. 1988

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First Known Use of bergamasque




adjective Ber·ga·masque \ ˈbər-gə-ˌmask \

Definition of Bergamasque

: of, relating to, or characteristic of Bergamo, Italy
  • … the Bergamasque humanist Raffaele Regio …
  • —Virginia CoxRenaissance Quarterly22 Sept. 2003
  • The extraordinary “Still Life with Instruments” by Evaristo Baschenis, a Bergamasque painter who lived from 1607–77 …
  • —Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio)9 May 1993
  • All parts are played by Bergamasque people, not actors, who speak their dialect.
  • —Stanley KauffmannBefore My Eyes1980

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