Lochiel's Rant ~ RSCDS

Lochiel's Rant ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was devised by David Rutherford in about 1756 and published in Rutherford's compleat Collection of 200 of the most celebrated Country Dances both Old and New, Vol. 1. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1957 and published in RSCDS Book 19. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. St32

Rutherford writes:
The first Man sets to the 2d. Wo. & turns her with his right Hand, & his Partner with his Left First Wo. does the same Lead down between the 2d. Cou. & without Side the 3d. turn your Partner, lead up to the Top, foot it, & cast off foot it Corners & turn foot it ye other Corners & turn yr. own Partner

Here the RSCDS seems to have made a fairly accurate interpretation of the original here. The thing that bothers me is that in the original the A music is only four bars long, and there is no way to fit all of Rutherford's motion in 4 bars.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, 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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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1957 by RSCDS. 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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