The Coronation Day ~ Hume

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The Coronation Day ~ Hume is an English Country Dance. It was published by Henry Playford (website) in 1698 in The Dancing Master, 10th ed., London. It was interpreted by Colin Hume (website) in 2022 and published in Colin Hume's Website. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 24 bars.

The most likely coronation is that of William and Mary on 11 April 1689 (the next monarch, Anne, was not crowned until 23 April 1702 which would be too late for this dance). William and Mary were joint monarchs and marked a return of Protestant rule to England. The British had just revolted against James II and presumably were more glad than usual about the new monarchs.

Playford writes:
First cu. lead down in the contrary place, the 2. cu. cast up at the same time, and cross over; Second lead down as before; first cu. cast up into their own place: First man go within sind round his wo. into her place, she turning single at the same time into 2. wo's place, she going round her man at the same time, he turning single at the same time into the 1. man's place, 1. cu. lead through the 2. then the 1. man's place, turn single all four; 1. cu. cross over into the 2. cu. place, they leading up at the same time, cross into their own place.
Note: Each Strain is to be played twice over.

The tune was published by Playford with the dance, the counter-melody was composed by Colin Hume, and his software synthesized the music.

The animation plays at 113 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 (no music plays during this slow set). 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: turn single, turn single cloverleaf, gypsy, cast, lead, cross go below (and probably others).

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