Drive the Cold Winter Away

Drive the Cold Winter Away Drive the Cold Winter Away

Drive the Cold Winter Away 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 1922. It is a proper 4 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. The dance lasts 72 bars.

Playford writes:
Lead up all forward and back · That again : First man back a D. then go down between the rest, and turn the last wo. but one, then men the last, and stay there while the other men go between the 2 and 3. we. and go towards the left-hand and fall down to the 1. man · First man back, then go up between the rest, turn the 2. wo. then the 1. wo. while the men go between the two last we. turn towards the right-hand, and go up to your places.

Sides all · That again : This as before, the we. doing it :

Arms all · That again : As at first :

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), set, cast (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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