The Caledonian Rant ~ RSCDS

The Caledonian Rant ~ Williams The Caledonian Rant ~ RSCDS

The Caledonian Rant ~ RSCDS is a Scottish Country Dance. It was devised by Thomas Wilson in 1816 and published in A Companion to the Ball Room, London. It was interpreted by RSCDS in 1951 and published in RSCDS Book 16. It is S8×32 3C/4C, a proper Triple Minor dance. St32.

Wilson, on page 101, writes:

SINGLE FIGURE Each strain repeated
Swing with right hands round the 2d. Cu: allemande lead thro the bottom & right & left with the top Cu

OR THUS Lead thro the 2d. Cu. lead down the middle & up again turn your partner & half poussette with the top Cu:

DOUBLE FIGURE Tune played twice thro with repeats
Cross over 1 Cu: half figure round the 3d. Cu: cross up 1 Cu: half figure round the top Cu: chase round the 3d. Cu: lead thro the top Cu: foot corners with the bottom Cu: & hands 4 round with the top Cu:

This is an interpretation of the DOUBLE FIGURE. The music is two 4 bar strains. The strain marks suggest to me that the music should be played ABABABAB, while the text suggests AABBAABB. The figures suggest that each bar has two beats, not four.

Wilson defines foot corners on page 75 of An Analysis of Country Dancing as the four dancers move to the center and foot together. He does not say so but presumably they must return to places.

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.

An online description of the dance may be found here.

The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), set, circle, cast, lead, figure eight, lead and cast (and probably others).

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