Irish Lamentation ~ Cook

Irish Lamentation ~ Hume Irish Lamentation ~ Cook

Irish Lamentation ~ Cook is an English Country Dance. It was published by Johnson in about 1740. It was interpreted by Tom Cook in 1979 and published in Again Let's Be Merry. Found in The Playford Assembly. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 48 bars.

The waltz did not arrive in England (or Ireland) until around the Napoleonic wars. The original description calls for a minuet step rather than a waltz at the end of B2. If you are comfortable with that then by all means dance it instead.

Walsh writes:

First Man dances the Minuet Step to the 2d. Wo. & turns her the 2d Man the same to the 1st Wo the 1st Cu. cast down and up again then cross over and half Figure then right hand and left quite round and turn your Partner.

The tune was published with the dance, and the music was synthesized by Colin Hume's software.

The animation plays at 113 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance will often be 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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, circle, lead, figure eight, rights and lefts, waltz, cross go below (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 copyright © 1979 by Tom Cook. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2020 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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