Mr. Young's Delight ~ Hume

Mr. Young's Delight ~ Hume Mr. Young's Delight ~ Herman

Mr. Young's Delight ~ Hume is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1695 in The Dancing Master, 9th ed., London. It was interpreted by Colin Hume (website) in 1995 and published in Playford with a Difference. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars. Someone thought this dance was Easy / Intermediate.

Playford writes:
All four hands half found, then fall back and turn round from each other another S. then the 1. man cross over with the 2. wo. and the 1.wo with the 2. man. This to the first Strain play'd once
Fall all back, then meet and turn back to back, and then take all hands and turn half found; then the 1. cu. lead down and back again, and the 2. cu. lead up and back again, then turn your partners in their proper places.

All of Colin's interpretations contain explanations of why he made the choices he did, these may be found either in his book, or on his website. I encourage you to examine his reasoning.

Playford provides a 16 bar A and 8 bar B music. Colin breaks the A music into two 8 bar strains (and calls Playford's second strain C).

The tune was published by Playford for the dance. The music was synthesized by Colin Hume's software

The animation plays at 113 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 (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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), turn single, circle, lead (and probably others).

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