Ravenscroft's Hornpipe

Ravenscroft's Hornpipe is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1726 in The Dancing Master, The Third Volume, 2nd ed., London. 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: 231. The minor set lasts 96 bars.

Playford writes:

Note: Each Strain is to be Play'd twice, and the Tune twice through.
First cu. lead thro' the 2d. cu. and cast up and cast off The 2d. cu. do the same The first cu. cross over and half Figur a-top with the 2d. cu Then whole Figure at bottom with the 3d. cu The first Man turns 3d. Wo. with his Right-hand, and his Partner the 2d. Man with hers, and her Partner with her Right Then first Wo. turns 3d. Man with her Right, and the first Man turnes the 2d. Wo. with his Right, and his Partner with his Left
Then first Man cross over on the outside the 3d. Wo. and his Partner cross on the outside of the 2d. Man, and both cast into the 2d. cu. place Then first Wo. cross over on the outside the 3d. Man, and the first Man cross over on the outside the 2d. Wo. and both cast into the 2d. cu. place Then the first Man Heys with the 3d. cu. and the 2d. Wo. Heys with the 2d. cu. at-top Then the Man the same a-top, and the Wo. the same at bottom The Right-hand and Left quite round with the 2d. cu. a-top Then lead thro' the 3d. and turn your Partner

Originally a triple minor.

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.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), turn single, cast, lead, figure eight, hey, hey for three, rights and lefts, lead and cast, cross go below (and probably others).

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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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