Lilli Burlero ~ Barraclough

Lilli Burlero ~ Barraclough Lilli Burlero ~ Cruickshank Lilli Burlero ~ Hume Lilli Burlero ~ Lilley Lilli Burlero ~ Sharp

Lilli Burlero ~ Barraclough is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1690 in The Dancing Master, 8th ed.. It was interpreted by Michael Barraclough (website) in about 2017. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars. It is in the key: G major.

Playford writes:
The 1. man lead his Partner down through the 2. cu. and cast up to his own place, and the 2. cu. lead up throught the 1. cu. and cast off into their own places, then the 1. man cross over with the 2. wo. and the 1. wo. with the 2 man, then fall back and meet and turn S. then cross over, and the men back to back, the we. at the same time doing the like, then the two men right and left, the we. at the same time doing the like till the 1. cu. comes into the 2. cu. place.

Most interpretations follow Sharp in using AABB for the music, but Michael points out that the original ballad was AAB, and suggests using AABAAB for the dance. This gives him time to replace a partner change which other interpreters have omitted.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: turn single, turn single cloverleaf, cast, lead, rights and lefts, back to back (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 © ~2017 by Michael Barraclough. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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