Oddly enough the quadrille had its birth in 17th century France where it took place in military parades with four horsemen and their mounts performing maneuvers known as Figures. Sor in fact titled his first set of quadrilles Les Cuirassiers, mounted horsemen wearing armor. Evidently it was so popular an activity that in time the horses were replaced and performances turned to ballroom type settings with music. The quadrille consisted of five figures or sets of movements of alternating 6/8 and 2/4 meter.
Although the music varied with each quadrille the figures did not and were given the curious titles and order of Le Pantalon (trousers), L'été (summer), La Poule (hen), La Pastourelle (shepherd girl), and Finale. Sor augmented each of his quadrilles with a concluding waltz and as sometimes was the custom he substituted a figure known as La Trénis for La Pastourelle. La Trénis received its name from its creator, a much-admired master of dance named Trenitz. In the original editions dating from 1821-1822 Sor (or perhaps his editor) included the dance steps for each figure at the bottom of each piece indicating the importance and relationship of the dance movements to the music.
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