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Trip to Florence

By: Michael Barraclough, 2010
Music: The Tuneful Nightingale (Walsh 24 Country Dances for the Year 1716)
Formation: Longways duple minor proper

A1 1-8 1st corners figure eight back to place (pass partner left shoulder, each other left shoulder and neighbor right shoulder)
A2 1-8 2nd corners figure eight back to place (pass partner right shoulder, each other right shoulder and neighbor left shoulder)
B1 1-4 (Face the other couple and take nearest hand with partner) 1st corners draw their partner into a column down the center of the set, 1st corners facing each other and their partner behind them (Top: 2M> 2W > <1M <1W)
  5-8 1st corners pass right, left with the next and then cast off left (and wide) to progressed place while 2nd corners (at the end) wait, pass left, then 3/4 gypsy around each other into progressed place (all end facing next couple)
B2 1-4 (Next) neigbor back to back
  5-8 (with these new neighbors) circle left
Notes 1 The dance is based on Andrew Shaw's dance The Tuneful Nightingale (published in Emperor of the Moon, Andrew Shaw, 2006) which in turn is based on Nathaniel Kynaston's dance the Tuneful Nightingale (published in Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1716, Nathaniel Kynaston, 1716.  Andrew Shaw notes that the dance is also published in the 2nd edition (1719) and the 3rd edition (1736) of the Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing Master published by John Walsh as well as the 3rd edition (1718/19) and 4th edition (1728) of the Dancing Master: Volume the Second by John Young.
  2 Andrew Shaw and I both agree on the interpretation of the orginal A1 and A2.  I completely disagree with what Andrew has for his interpretation of the B1, but I like it and have more or less kept it.  Andrew's interpretation of the B2 may be correct, but I think that it spoils the dance and have therefore crafted a completely different B2.
  3 Because here being significant difference between the original dance published in 1716 and this dance, I prefer to think of this as a modern dance (2010) set to a tune from 1716 and therefore provide a different title.
  4 It may help when teaching the dance, at the end of A2, to have every one face their neighbor and to pass through to face the next neighbors and explain that this is where they will be after the next 8 bars.
  5 The original tune can be seen here. Andrew's modern version with chords is available in his book and is reproduced here with his kind permission.

© Michael Barraclough, 2011


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