Lady Banbury's Hornpipe ~ Hume/Sharp

Lady Banbury's Hornpipe ~ Hume/Sharp Lady Banbury's Hornpipe ~ Sharp

Lady Banbury's Hornpipe ~ Hume/Sharp is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1657 in The Dancing Master, 3rd ed.. It was interpreted by Colin Hume (website) in 2021 and published in Colin Hume's Website. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. It is a multipart dance. The minor set lasts 76 bars.

Playford writes:
Lead up and fall back That again Set to your own and fall back, that again The 1. cu. cast off into the 2.cu place The 1. man and his wo. change places, the 1. man and 1. wo. take the 2. man's wo. by the left hand and fall on the outside of them The 1. man lead down the 2. wo. and the 1. wo. lead up the 2. man and fall back, the 2. man and 2. wo take right hands across, and hold the 2. man and 1. wo. with their left hands and go half way round, and change places with your own, the 1. cu. being in the 2. cu. place Do this to the rest.
First man take the 2. man by both hands, and the 1. wo. take the 2. wo. by both hands, the 1. man pull up the 2. man, and the 1. wo. put back the 2. wo. the 1. man clap the 2. man and 1. wo. back to back, whilst the 1. and 2. wo change places betwixt the 2. man and 1. wo. then give right hands across and go half round, and change places with your own. Do this to the rest.
First man stand before his wo. then the 2. man stand before his wo. Then walk up the 1. and 2. cu. behind each other and fall back, the 1. man slip to his right and his wo to her left, then the 2. man slip to his right hand and his wo. to her left, then the 1. cu. cast off into the 2. cu. place whiles the 1. cu. leads up, then chnage places with your own. Do this to the rest.

Colin Hume mentions that his interpretation is based on Sharp's. As far as I can tell it is identical except that he has replaced the introductory figure, and fixed a tendancy for the third part to drift to the woman's wall. Also Sharp does not say how the three parts should fit together, Hume says that each part should be done several times before moving on to the next — in Playford's day each part would run until everyone was back to their initial place.

I have made a change to Colin Hume's version of the introduction (Colin's instructions follow Playford's, so it's a change from that too). For my animations I need people to start the figures on their appropriate lines, so in the B2 of the introduction I have dancers coming forward, rather than falling back even further.

The tune was published with the dance.

The animation plays at 93 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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: set, cast, lead, hands across, star promenade (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 © 2021 by Colin Hume. 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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