Money Musk ~ Contra 32bars is an American Country Dance. It was devised by Werner/Preston in 1785. It was interpreted by Thomas Hillgrove in 1857. Found in Cracking Chestnuts. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The dance lasts 32 bars.
Monymusk is an estate in Aberdeenshire in Scotland.
Cracking Chestnuts says the tune was written by Daniel Dow and published in Thirty Seven New Reels and Strathspeys in 1776. Francis Werner set figures to the tune in his 8 Cotillions, 6 Favorite Contry Dances and two Minuets, with their proper Figures for the Harp, Harpsichord and Violin Book xvii for the year 1785. John Preston in 1786 published a different set of figures in 1786 and his version of the dance appears to be the basis of the Scottish Country Dance `Monymusk'.
This version can found found in Thomas Hillgrove's The Scholar's Companion and Ball-Room Vade-Mecum. His instructions are:
First couple give the right hand and swing once and a half round; then go below one and forward and back six; right hand to partner, and swing three quarters round; forward and back six; swing to place, and right and left four.
(Hillgrove appears to use the word "swing" where I would use "allemande", not the modern partner swing.)
The tune was originally a 32 bar strathspey but has somehow become a 24 bar reel.
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.
|A1||1-8||1s right hand turn once and a half spiraling into 2nd place as 2s move up|
|A2||1-4||Lines of three take hands forward and back|
|5-8||1s right turn three quarters ending M1 between 2s facing down, W1 between 3s facing up|
|B1||1-4||Lines of three take hands forward and back|
|5-8||1s right turn three quarters ending 2nd place proper|
|B2||1-8||1s+2s right and left four|
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