The Machine without Horses ~ Rutherford

The Machine without Horses ~ Rutherford The Machine without Horses

The Machine without Horses ~ Rutherford is an English Country Dance. It was devised by John Rutherford in 1772 and published in Twelve Selected Country Dances for the Year 1772. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2021. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Rutherford writes:
The 1st. Cu. cast off one Cu. right hands across with the 3d. Cu cast up and left hands across with the 2d. Cu. lead down between the 3d. Cu. the 2d. Cu. follows cast up into your own places cross over one Cu. right & left

Everything except B2 is pretty clear: cross over one Cu. right & left, everyone starts B2 in their proper places, when the 1s cross and go below they become improper, to become proper again they must face their neighbors and do three changes of R+L. But this means the 2s must also be improper after the cross go below, and Rutherford doesn't suggest any way for them to get there. So I have inserted a two hand turn half. Putting in a cross after the lead up would work as well.

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 dances of George Williams (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.
An online description of the dance may be found here.

A11-41s long cast down as 2s lead up
5-8Right hands across with 3s
A21-41s long cast up as 2s lead down
5-8Left hands across with 2s
B11-81s followed by 2s lead below 3s, cast up to their original places
B21-41s cross, go below as 2s two hand turn half and lead up
5-81s+2s face neighbor, three changes of rights and lefts

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