The Tunefull Nightingale

The Tunefull Nightingale 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 2006 and published in Emperor of the Moon. It is a proper Duple Minor dance. It is a double progression dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.

Kynaston writes:

Note, Each Strain twice.

The 1st man and 2d. wo. go the whole figure through the 1st. wo. and 2d. man The 1st. wo. and 2d. man do the same the 1st man lead his partner below the 2d. man and figure through the 2d. cu. set sides then set partners fall back two steps the 1st cu. cast off

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 dance contains the following figures: set, gypsy, cast, lead, figure eight, draw poussette, hey, hey for four (and probably others).

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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 2006 by Andrew Shaw. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2021 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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