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September 28, 2015


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Exciting peice of dance research!

where can I find the no. 5 cotillion printed?

Rostik: eh, this is routine work for me. I just don't bother doing it all that often for particular names-of-tunes unless there is some reason.

Charlie: are you looking for the tune or the dance instructions? Neither has ever been reprinted as far as I know. Thanks for the WOW!

I echo the "Wow!" Nice bit of detective work, Susan! I have grown to be a little more tolerant of Jane Austen balls that feature OOP dances (that's out of period) because, well, otherwise one goes mad and runs screaming into the night. But I wish more English country dance callers would read articles like this and then make conscious choices to go OOP--and make it clear that they are!--rather than continue to think that anything "old" is OK for Jane. Jane didn't dance Mr Beveridge's Maggot (featured at almost every JA ball I've been to because 'it's in the movie') or Jenny Pluck Pears or Sellenger's Round or Trip to Paris!

I'm the Allison in the inscription and, yes I do care! And I am proud to be grouped with Graham and Alan.

Thanks, Allison!

May I add that there is Cotillion for 2 couples called "La Bohaimiene" in the Durlach manuscript (first half of the 18th cent.) to the same tune as Playford's "Trip to Paris". Nicoline Winkler taught it at the 3rd Rothenfelds conference in 2012, and Phillipe Gallens recognized the music.

Fun fact: Orielton House and Playford's Trip to Paris may have the same figures, but the tunes are different lengths.

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