La Belle Anglaise ~ Duple

La Belle Anglaise ~ Duple La Belle Anglaise

La Belle Anglaise ~ Duple is a European Contredanse. It was published by Pierre Trappeniers in 1777 in Recueil de Contredanses (Trappeniers), Brussels. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2023. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 48 bars.

La Belle Anglaise is a dance in the European (French) contredanse style, which derived from English Country dance.

It was written by a Belgian (though Belgium at the time was part of the Austrian Empire) who divised many other Contredanse.

Trappeniers writes:

no1 Les deux premieres Couples figurent et font le Moulinet.
no2 Défaire de même
no3 La premiere couple fair le grand Huit.
no4 On remonte de deux couples en dedans en on passe une couple è dos. no5 Le Cavalier figure avec la Dame de la Couple en bas et fait un tour de deeu mains,
ensuite la Dame fait le même ave le Cavalier de la même Couple.
no6 On fait un tour de rond avec cette même Couple.
no7 On fait la Chaine avec le Couple en haut.

Trappaniers gives 7 figures. Some appear to me to take 4 bars, some 8. The music consists of 2 eight bar strains. A simple addition of what I think the words mean gives me 44 bars of movement, which doesn't make sense. So I'm going to assume that "on fait un tour de rond" means circle left and then circle right; that will give me 48 bars.

Do I want AABBAB, AAABBB, or ABABAB? I expect AABBAB will annoy the musicians. AAABBB seems more interesting to me, but what do I know?

The animation plays at 120 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. 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 dances of George Williams (including interpretations like this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-4Right hands across...
5-8...and back by the left
A21-81s full figure eight down around the 2s
A31-81s lead below next 2s and cast up to 2nd place as the 2s lead up
B11-4M1+woman below two hand turn
5-8W1+man below two hand turn
B21-41s+couple below circle left...
5-8...and back to the right
B31-8With original neighbors face partner, four changes of rights and lefts

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