Somerset House

Somerset House is an English Country Dance. It was published by Walsh in 1718. It was interpreted by Fried de Metz Herman in 1995. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The dance lasts 24 bars.

Walsh writes:

Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice over.

The 1st Man Back to Back with the 2d Wo · The 1st Wo. Back to Back with the 2d Man : The two Men Back to Back, and the 2 We. Back to Back at the same Time · Then the 1st Cu. go the half Figure and cross over :
Or thus: The two 1st Men change with their Partners, then the 1st Man with the 2d. Wo · The Men change Places with their Partners, then the 2d Man change Places with the 1st Wo. (now all proper : The Men and We. Back to Back and right and left with your Partners · Then cross over two Cu. and cast up into the 2d. Place, then turn Hands :

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), 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 © 1995 by Fried de Metz Herman. 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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