||The Cook's Estampie
Antone the cook shakes his spice cans to the rhythm of the music that vaguely comes through the kitchen walls. Pepper, shake, shake; salt; shake, shake; rosemary; skake; thyme, shake; pepper, shake,..... Wait. Did I already do that one?
Estampie is an old dance form, where variations are played twice, once with the so-called open ending, and once with the closed ending. Some pieces in estampie form are very artful, such as the famous Gaetta from the London manuscript. Others, however betray a clear origin in improvisation: the subsequent variations are far from independent, but rather build on each other. This estampie is modeled after the latter kind.
(This is a movement in The Courtly Suite.)