Confesse, his Tune

Confesse, his Tune is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1651 in The English Dancing Master. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1912. Found in The Playford Ball. It is a Custom3 dance. There is no progression in this dance. The dance lasts 96 bars.

Playford provides two titles for this dance: Confesse his Tune in the table of contents, and Confesse on the dances' description. The Playford Ball calls it Confess. Mr. Confesse was a dancing master from the seventeenth century.

I have tried to follow the figures given in The Playford Ball but most videos show something similar but not exact.

The most common change is in A of the second and third parts. Sharp has people balance back and come forward, turn and repeat, but most videos show people leading out two doubles, turning and leading back. This manouver is probably closer to Playford's intent: the instructions from 1651 say Goe all crosse the roome to the left hand/Back againe/.

In B1 of the first part one video has the center dancers move right (rather than left) this means that when they two hand turn they only need go once and a quarter, which takes some time pressure off

In the third part Sharp has people turning single right, then left (there is time for two turn singles), but Playford simply says "turn single", and many videos show a single turn.

Playford has the center dancers as men, with the sides as women.

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

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), turn single, circle, cast, lead (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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