The Siege of Belgrade

The Siege of Belgrade is an English Country Dance. It was published by Thompson in 1792 in Thompson's Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1792. It was interpreted by George Williams in 2022. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Thompson writes:

Change sides and back again Right hands across and Left hands back again lead Down & up Cast off Right and Left

All of the sections look as if they take 8 bars of music - except the first. I would normally expect Change sides to mean "Change places with your partner" - but that only takes 2 bars. So what could be done instead?

A "hole-in-the-wall" change sometimes takes four bars. A "half figure eight" takes four, and while it does change sides, I've never heard it called simply that. "1s cross, go below" or "two changes of rights and lefts" will also change sides.

Probably the simplest way to do it is to add a "fall back with neighbor" before the "change sides".

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.

The dances of George Williams (including this one) are licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike: CC BY-NC-SA license.

A11-2Fall back with neighbor
3-4Partner change
5-6Fall back with neighbor
7-8Partner change
A21-4Right hands across...
5-8...and left hands back
B11-81s lead down, turn, lead back and cast down as 2s lead up
B21-8Face partner, four changes of rights and lefts

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