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Bergamasque

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noun Ber·ga·masque \ˈbər-gə-ˌmask\

Definition of Bergamasque

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Bergamasques

  1. 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 Murray, A Dictionary of Art and Artists, 1959

  2. 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 Imagination, 2001 … Puss himself elegantly lubricates his virile, muscular, native Bergamasque with French, since this is the only language in which you can purr. — Angela Carter, The Greatest Cat Stories Ever Told, 2001

  3. 3 bergamasque less commonly Bergamask \ˈbər-gə-ˌmask\ play or Bergomask \ˈbər-gə-ˌmask\ play :  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 Albright, Musicking Shakespeare: A Conflict of Theatres, 2007 … 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. Ferguson, Masterworks of the Orchestral Repertoire, 1968 … 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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1792

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Bergamasque

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

Definition of Bergamasque

  1. :  of, relating to, or characteristic of Bergamo, Italy … the Bergamasque humanist Raffaele Regio … — Virginia Cox, Renaissance Quarterly, 22 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 Kauffmann, Before My Eyes, 1980

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