Adson's Saraband

Adson's Saraband is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1912 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 3). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. The dance lasts 96 bars. It is in the key: D Major.

Playford writes:

Lead up all a D. forward and back, set and turn S. That again Men go a D. from your we. to the wall, come back to your we. set and turn S. Then the we. as much
Men go all down while the we. go up, men slip to the right hand, and we. to the left, fall even to the co.side, set and turn S. All this again the co. way to your places, set and turn S.
First cu. go down betwixt the second, they coming up, the third comes up between the first, then the second come to their places between the third, set and turn S. All this back again to your places
Go all to the left hand cross the Room, set and turn S. First and last on each side meet and go back, turn each other, the second turning his own Change all places with your own, set and turn S ·: First cu. lead down between the rest, come with a compass to your places, the rest following

The tune is The New Exchange which was composed about 1660, and was performed by Brett Larsen.

The animation plays at 116 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

I.A11-8Partners lead up a double and fall back, then set and turn single
I.A21-8That again, up a double and fall back, set and turn single
I.B11-4Men face out, out a double, turn, return
5-8Men set to partners and turn single (partners do not set)
I.B21-4Women face out, out a double, turn, return
5-8Women set to partners and turn single (partners do not set)
II.A11-2Men face down, women up, forward and left a double into a line in center (men below women)
3-4Fall back a double, backward and left, to opposite side
5-8Partners face, set, turn single
II.A21-8That again to go back home, men face up, women down, into lines, cross, set turn single
II.B11-4Half mirror hey on the sides, 1s start in center going down
5-8Partners set and turn single
II.B21-4Half mirror hey, 1s start in center going up
5-8Partners set and turn single
III.A11-4Men face out, all forward two doubles, men turn right to face partners
5-8Partner set and turn single
III.A21-4M1+M3, W1+W3, M2+W2 forward a double to meet and fall back
5-8Same pairings, two hand turn end facing partners
III.B11-4Partners balance back, and change places
5-8Partners set and turn single
III.B21-41s take right hands, lead down to bottom, 2s then 3s following
5-8Take promenade hold, cast left (as couples) lead up to original places

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