Aye Me ~ Callens

The Symphony

Aye Me ~ Callens Aye Me ~ Sharp

Aye Me ~ Callens or The Symphony is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1651 in The English Dancing Master, London. It was interpreted by Philippe Callens in about 2018. Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper 4 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. It is a USA dance. The dance lasts 96 bars. It is in the key: C Major.

Based largely on Sharp's interpretation of 1916 this cleans up a number of difficulties. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qBdwFOu-WI

Playford writes:

Lead all up a D. forward ad back, back men, back we. turn S. All that again First and last cu. cast off and fall into the 2. and 3. cu. place, change with your own, go on the outside into the first and last place again, then crossing over go on the outside into the 2. and 3. place, and in doing it, the men take the other men by the hands and turn them abount into first and last place, we. doing the like with the we. the other four as much

Sides all into each others places, back men, back we. turn S. That again The first cu. open, the 2. close, the 3. open, the 4 close, all at once, the first cu. fall back into the 2. place while the 3. fall back into the 4. the 2 slipping up into the 1. and the 4 into the 3. place, thus back again into your own places; face downward, and all this again

Arms as you sided First and last cu. meet go through, change places with your own, the 1. man take the 4. by the left with his right, and turning off to the left, change places with him, and stay in the 2. and 3. place, change with your own whilst the wo. do the like The other four as much

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: USA, hand turn (allemande), turn single, cast, lead, grand square, siding, arming (and probably others).

If you find what you believe to be a mistake in this animation, please leave a comment on youtube explaining what you believe to be wrong. If I agree with you I shall do my best to fix it.

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