The Queen of Hearts - Kynaston ~ Quadruple/Quadruple

The Queen of Hearts - Kynaston The Queen of Hearts - Kynaston ~ Quadruple The Queen of Hearts - Kynaston ~ Quadruple/Quadruple

The Queen of Hearts - Kynaston ~ Quadruple/Quadruple is an English Country Dance. It was devised by Nathaniel Kynaston in 1716 and published in Twenty Four New Country Dances for the Year 1716. It was interpreted by Andrew Shaw in 2000 and published in Mr. Kynaston's Famous Dance. It is a Quadruple Minor dance. It is a quadruple progression dance. The minor set lasts 72 bars.

Kynaston writes:

Note: Each Strain twice.

The 1st. man meet the 4th. wo. both fall back three steps turn single and change place the 1st. cast up to his place above the men the 4th wo. at the same time cast off below the we. to her place the 1st. wo. and the 4th. man do the same the 1st. man change place with the 2d. wo. the 1st. wo. and the 2d. man do the same the 1st. cu. lead through the 3d. cu. and cast up then right hands and left sides half round lead sides to the wall and back again 1st. cu. set two steps forward and two backward and cast off the 2d. do the same only instead of casting off lead down the middle and cast up

I have taken Andrew Shaw's interpretation and gone back to the original progression and then modified it into a quadruple progression quadruple minor. Triple minors are slow for the 2s+3s, quadruple minors are even slower and for more people, so converting them to quadruple progression seems called for.

(Shaw mentions two other quadruple minors in Kynaston's work: Oswestry Wake and Mr. Johnson's Humour).

In triple minors when there are two couples out at bottom, the bottommost couple needs to come to the top of the twosome. In a quadruple progression dance that has to happen (and then the new top couple moves into the next minor set, but it also must happen when there are three out at bottom (or the bottommost couples will never progress).

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: set, turn single, cast, lead, hey, rights and lefts, siding (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 © 2000 by Andrew Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2022 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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