Jenny Come Tie My Cravat

Jenny Come Tie My Cravat is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford in 1687 in Tunes of other Country-Dances. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp in 1916. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The dance lasts 16 bars.

Playford writes:
The 1. man turn the 2. wo. and the 1. wo. turn the 2. man, then cross over below the 2. cu. then below the 3. cu. and lead through both cu. and cast off.
Then we. fall back, and the men follow them, and turn S. then men fall back, and the we. follow them and turn S.
Clap hands, side, then all four turn S. then clap hands with your own Partner, and so cast off.

Sharp describes this as a dance with two parts, one a triple minor, and one a duple minor. I tend to think it is easier to assume both sections are triple minor, and Playford doesn't mention 3s in the second part because they don't do anything. Something fairly common for the 3s in a triple minor.

On the other hand, the threes do nothing in either part of the dance, so you could easily convert the whole thing to a duple minor.

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 dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), turn single, cast, lead (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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