Spring Garden ~ Sharp is an English Country Dance. It was published by John Playford (website) in 1657 in The Dancing Master, 3rd ed.. It was interpreted by Cecil Sharp (website) in 1912 and published in The Country Dance Book (Part 3). Found in The Playford Ball. It is a proper 4 Couple Longways dance. There is no progression in this dance. The dance lasts 120 bars. It is in the key: D Minor.
Lead up forwards and back That again Four to one end and four to the other, hands half round and fall back from one another and change places, men in the middle and the ends with their own This again Then all again. Men change back to back, and we. the like, change each with his own That again Cast off at both ends, the 2. follow the 2. and the 3. and 4. set to them you meet, and change places with them First and 2. lead down, othe other up, and change places All this again. Lead to the wall forward and back Turn off, and change each with his own First and last cu. meet, and the 2. and 3. fall back, the men arm in the middle, and the ends with their own This again Then all again.
The tune, Spring Garden, was published by Playford in 1657 with the dance of the same name. The music was synthesized by Colin Hume's software
The animation plays at 96 counts per minute. Men are drawn as rectangles, women as ellipses. Each couple is drawn in its own color.
|I.A||1-4||Up a Double, and back|
|5-8||Up a Double, and back (again)|
|I.B1||1-4||Fall back, then circle four half at ends|
|5-6||Form lines, fall back, come forward|
|7-8||End couples change with partner, middle couples change with neighbor|
|I.B2||1-8||That again: circle, balance, change|
|II.A||1-2||Change with neighbor, moving backward, passing right shoulder|
|3-4||Change with partner (moving forward)|
|5-8||That again, change with neighbor, partner|
|II.B1||1-4||End couples cast and meet in center as middles lead to end and cast to ends of a line of four|
|5-8||All set and change with opposite turning right into lines across again|
|II.B2||1-8||That again: ends cast, middles lead into lines of four, set, change with opposite|
|III.A||1-4||All face men's wall, forward a double, face partner, change|
|5-8||All face women's wall, forward a double, face partner, change|
|III.B1||1-2||Balance back and forward|
|3-4||End couples face (other end couple) and forward a double as middle couples slip out to nearest end|
|5-8||New ends arm right partner once and a half while middles arm neighbor once and a half|
|III.B2||1-8||That again: Balance, meet or slip and arm right|
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