'Twas o'er the Hills and Far Away ~ Hume is an English Country Dance. It was published by Playford (John Young) (website) in 1710 in The Dancing Master, Vol. the Second. It was interpreted by Colin Hume (website) in 2023. It is a proper Triple Minor dance. The minor set lasts 32 bars.
Note: Each Strain is to be play'd twice overThe first Man and his Partner cross over the second Couple and turn. This to the first Strain play'd once. Then cross over the third Couple and turn. This to the first Strain play'd twice Then lead up to the Top and cast off, and then RIght hands and left quite round. This to the second Strain play'd once. Then lead through the third Couple, and cast up and turn your Partner. This to the second Strain play'd twice.
The tune is an old one with many sets of lyrics. Here's one which seems appropriate to a dance:
Now Tom with his pipe made such a noise
That he pleased both the girls and boys,
And they did dance when he did play
"Over the hills and far away"
The tune was published by Playford with the dance, though it had been published earilier in other places.
The animation plays at 70 counts per minute normally, but the first time through the set the dance is 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.
The dance contains the following figures: hand turn (allemande), cast, lead, hey, circular hey, lead and cast, cross go below (and probably others).
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The dance itself is out of copyright, and is in the public domain. The interpretation is copyright © 2023 by Colin Hume. My visualization of this dance is copyright © 2023 by George W. Williams V and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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