Confesse, his Tune ~ Cecil Sharp

The Court Lady ~ Cecil Sharp

Confesse, his Tune ~ Pat Shaw Confesse, his Tune ~ Cecil Sharp Confesse, his Tune ~ Palmer

Confesse, his Tune ~ Cecil Sharp or The Court Lady ~ Cecil Sharp 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). It is a Custom3 dance. There is no progression in this dance. The dance lasts 96 bars.

Playford writes:

Men all a D. Back again That again Men go between the we. on your left hand, leading them from the other, change hands, meet again, turn them you meet Lead your own wo. from each other, meet again, turn them as you meet

Go all cross the Room to the left hand Back again One man go forwards alone, take one wo. with one hand, then the other, hands all four and go round The other as much

Go all cross the Room to the right hand Back again The two we. at each end lead to each wall, while one man goes up and the other down, the three we. meet, hands and go round, men turning S. Go all as before, men hands and go round, we. turning S

Meet all as at first The men lead the we. at one end to the wall and back, while the other we. go up on the outside, and come each under the others arms and turn each other, men turning each a wo. as much with the other we.

In The English Dancing Master Playford provides two titles for this dance: Confesse his Tune in the table of contents, and Confesse on the dance's description, after 1670 he provides a third name: The Court Lady. The Playford Ball calls it Confess. Mr. Confesse was a dancing master from the seventeenth century.

The version found in The Playford Ball is attributed to Sharp, but is actually William Palmer's. This version is Sharp's.

Playford prints a stock picture for a 3 couple longways set, but it is clear from reading the text that this is not the actual arrangement, and the center dancers should be 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.

I.A1-4In a double and fall back
5-8That again
I.B11-4Centers lead two on their left away (up or down), turn alone, lead back
5-8Centers two hand turn once and a three quarters as side four turn once
I.B21-4Centers lead original partners out, turn alone, lead back
5-8All two hand turn opposite
II.A1-4Face men's wall, lead out two doubles
5-8Turn alone, lead back
II.B11-2Center on men's line and left corner balance back and forward make an arch
3-8Others circle four around this center through the arch
II.B21-2Center on women's line and left corner balance back and forward make an arch
3-8Others circle four around this center
III.A1-4Face women's wall, lead out two doubles
5-8Turn alone, come back
III.B11-4Side people lead opposite away, turn, lead back as centers move out, turn, move back
5-8Sides circle four around centers, centers turn single right, then left
III.B21-4Repeat: sides lead away, turn, lead back as centers move out, turn move back
5-8Sides turn single right, then left as centers two hand turn
IV.A1-4In a double and fall back
5-8That again
IV.B11-4Centers lead the person above them down a double, turn alone, lead back making an arch, while the other person in each line casts up and returns to place under the arch
5-8Centers two turn the same person as the others two hand turn
IV.B21-4Centers lead the person below them up a double, turn alone, lead back making an arch, while the other person in each line casts down and returns to place under the arch
5-8Centers two turn the same person as the others two hand turn

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