Greenwood

The Huntsman

Greenwood or The Huntsman 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 1916. It is a 3 Couple Longways dance with the 2s improper. There is no progression in this dance. The dance lasts 240 bars.

Playford writes:
Meet all back again, set and turn S.· Lead from each other, change hands, meet again, set and turn S. :
The middle cu. sides, while the two men side with each other, and the two we. sides, set and turn S. · As much with the we. on their right hands, set and turn S. ·:
Meet all as at the first : Arms all as you sided ·:
Meet all as at first : Each three as you stand hands and go round, set and turn S : The middle man take the two on his left hand and go round, while the other do the like, set and turn S : : As much with the two on the right hand, the other doing the like : :
Meet as at the first : Then the S. Hey all as you handed round : :
Meet as at the first ·: Men hands and go round, set and turn S. ·: We. as much ·: :
Meet all as at the first : Men the S Hey ·: We. as much ·: ·:
Meet all as at the first :

Playford's little picture of the arrangement of the set shows the 2s improper.

I have taken the liberty of making several changes to Sharp's interpretation:

• Sharp has Part II A3,A4 be arm right and A5 arm left, to me this seems unlikely. Arming usually is first right then left, so I think a RLR pattern more likely. Playford is not helpful here, he says "arms all as you sided" and the siding does not specify a left or right either.
• In Part IV.A4 Sharp has W1 pass M2 by the right shoulder, personally I think a right shoulder cross with M1 is more in keeping with the hey, after all he says she passes between the men, which she does not if she passes M2 right.
• He makes a similar confusing statement in the heys in Part IV.

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: set, turn single, circle, lead, hands across, hey, hey for three (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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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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