Cold and Raw #1

Cold and Raw #1 is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1689 in A new Addition to the Dancing Master, London. It was interpreted by Scott Pfitzinger (website) in about 2019. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

This dance has a rather confusing history in the Dancing Master. In 1651 (the first edition) Playford called essentially the same tune "Stingo, or The Oyl of Barly". This dance had a completely different figure though.

Then in 1689 addition to the 7th edition he published two dances with different figures but the same tune: "Juice of Barley" and "Cold and Raw". In the 9th edition (1695) the dance originally titled "Juice of Barley" became "Cold and Raw". The original "Cold and Raw" disappeared from the 9th through the 16th editions, and then reappeared as "Cold and Raw" in the 17th edition (1721) while the "Juice of Barley" figure then vanished.

This is an attempt to look at the first version of Cold and Raw.

Playford writes:

The first man take the first wo. by the hand, and leads her down below the second man, and so above the second wo. into the second cu. place, then the first man set to the second wo. and turn her round, and go into his own place, and the second man set to the first wo. and turn her round, and go into his own place.

The music consists of a 4 bar strain and an 8 bar strain.

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color, however the border of each dancer indicates what role they currently play so the border color may change each time through the minor set.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, lead (and probably others).

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