Corelli's Gavot ~ Sheffield

Mr. Cosgill's Delight ~ Sheffield

Corelli's Gavot ~ Sheffield or Mr. Cosgill's Delight ~ Sheffield is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1726 in The Dancing Master, The Third Volume, 2nd ed.. It was interpreted by Ken Sheffield (website) in 1995 and published in From Two Barns, Vol 7. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Ken Sheffield has modified this (and a tune with more measures) from Mr. Cosgill's Delight in the third volume of the Dancing Master. Walsh and Wright both call it Corelli's Gavot in 1740.

Playford writes

Note: Each Strain is to be Play'd twice over.

The first Couple Hands across with the second Couple and go the half round Then the same back again Then the first Man change places quick with the second Woman, and the first Woman with the second Man at the same time; then all foure go round into their proper places Then Right-hand and Left with the second Couple

The animation plays at 120 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is 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 dances of Ken Sheffield (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license by the CDSS Online Library.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-4Wide turn single right
5-8Right hands across
A21-4Wide turn single left
5-8Left hands across
B11-41st corners change, 2nd corners change
5-8Circle left
B21-4Facing neighbor, set and turn single
5-8Still facing neighbor, three changes of rights and lefts

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1995 by Ken Sheffield. And is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

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