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Estampie (or Istampitta) is a dance and musical form common in 13th- and 14th-century Europe. The history of the dance is largely unknown. Paintings from the period, however, depict the dance involving heavy hopping and/or jumping. Over time the form evolved into a highly stylized abstract piece characterized by ornamentation and contrapuntal passages of modest complexity.


The estampie form featured repeated sections, called puncta, from as many as 4 to 7.

AA BB CC DD etc.

Added to these sections are repeated endings (ouvert "open", and clos "closed"). These are provided for each and every punctum.

A+X A+Y B+W B+Z etc.

Variants on this structure include the use of the same endings for each of the sections.


The following works are rather antiquated; exact authorship is difficult to determine.

  • Belicha - Anonymous
  • Chominciamento di gioa - Anonymous
  • Tre Fontane - Anonymous
  • Ghaetta - Anonymous
  • Dananca amorosa/Troto - Anonymous


Musical Forms
Polyphonic forms CanonCanzonaInventionFugueOrganumRicercarRoundSinfornia
Sectional forms Strophic formChain formBinary formTernary formRondo formArch formRitornello form
Cyclical forms BalletConcertoMassOratorioOperaRequiemSonataSong cycleSuiteSymphony
composed forms
BagatelleFantasiaEtudeImpromptuPreludeRhapsodySymphonic poem
Dance forms AllemandeBalladBoleroContradanceEstampieJigPolkaWaltz

French: CouranteGigueMinuetSarabande

Italian: BarcarolleSaltarelloTarantella

Polish: MazurkaPolonaise