From Aberdeen

From Aberdeen ~ Hume From Aberdeen

From Aberdeen is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1698 in The Dancing Master, 10th ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1922 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 6). Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 28 bars. It is in the key: G major.

Playford writes:

The 1. man cast off below the 2. man, and take hands and fall down between the 3. cu. the wo. follows her Partner and slips between the 2. cu. This to the first Strain twice.
The 1. man being between the 3. cu. all three take hands and go quite round, the 1. wo. being between the 2. cu. does the same at the same time; the 1. man being between the 3. cu. hands quite round, the we. do the same at the same time, till he come in the middle and meets his Partner between the 2. and 3. cu. and turn her; the 1. man does the same between the 2. cu. as before.

The tune was published, by Playford, with the dance. It was performed by Bare Necessities (Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes, and Jacqueline Schwab) on the album More Favorites of the Boston Centre. The music is used with permission from the Country Dance Society, Boston Centre, Inc.

The animation plays at 111 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is slowed down so people can learn the moves more readily (no music plays during this slow set). 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.

A11-41s long cast down, 2s lead up
A21-41s two hand turn 3/4s to end W1 above 2s, M1 below 3s
B11-4Circle three at ends, 1s cast right to end in same sex circles
5-10Circle three on sides, 1s two hand turn a quarter to finish outside end couples again
B21-4Circle three at ends, 1s cast right to end in same sex circles
5-10Circle three on sides, 1s two hand turn half to finish 2nd place proper

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