Prince Frederick's Hornpipe is an English Country Dance. It was published by Johnson in 1736 in Caledonian Country Dances, 3rd Ed.. It was interpreted by Bernard Bentley in 1980 and published in The Fallibroome Collection, Vol. 6. Originally a Triple Minor this version is a proper 3 Couple Longways dance. In this dance the couples are permuted by: 312. The minor set lasts 64 bars.
First Cu. Hey on the contrary sides, then on your own sides, and cast off and turn contrary Corners, First Cu. whole figure at the bottom, then at the top, lead thro' the Man's side and turn in the middle, then thro' the Wo. side and turn in the middle.
Bentley attributes this to Johnson ~1733, but I have found it in Walsh of 1736.
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.
The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), cast, lead, figure eight, hey, mirror hey, swing corners, siding (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.
The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 1980 by Bernard Bentley. 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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