Special reels

Anselm Lingnau

Message 17604 · 10 Jun 1999 20:39:16 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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xxx@xxxxxx.xxx writes:

> a) Gates of Edinburgh Reels (They look like ordinary Maxwell's Rant cross
> over reels in Pillings, though the little "man's side" symbol is in a
> slightly different position)

Actually these are the same thing. The only difference between
Maxwell's Rant and Gates of E. is that in the case of GofE, the book
(or rather, the manual) says that it is permissible to touch nearer
hands when the opportunity presents itself, a practice which is frowned
upon in the general case. The position of the `man's reel' symbol varies
wildly between different dances in the Pilling book; that doesn't mean
anything.

> b) Inveran Reels (not in my version of Pillings)

Look for Mrs Macpherson of Inveran or Jennifer's Jig. Essentially,
Inveran reels are two half reels of three on the sides, for the dancing
couple first on the opposite side, then on their own side. The dancing
couple's track is really an elongated oval round third woman's place
for the man and third man's place for the woman.

In general, I don't happen to think that every single new and outlandish
formation needs its own name. Somewhere in a pile at home I have John W.
Mitchell's _Suggested_Course_of_Instruction_, which arranges all kinds
of SCD figures into what we computer nerds call a `topological'
sequence, meaning that no figure or dance uses stuff that hasn't been
introduced earlier on. All these stages are numbered; somewhere in the
200s (out of 300-something, IIRC) we get to stuff like `Transverse
Rotational Knot' which I cannot for the life of me figure out what it
means. Of course, since there are indeed two or three dances that
actually *contain* the figure, it *does* have to have a name, doesn't
it?

This applies in particular to cribs and recaps. I don't think it's a
good idea at all to make up special terminology for these occasions,
unless it is for a very limited audience. After all, we all know that
the popular 32-bar reel, Trip To Bavaria, is 16 bars of the Trip To
Bavaria Chain followed by the Trip To Bavaria Progression, don't we? So
music please, and enjoy the dance!

Anselm
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