The Wind on Loch Fyne

Jodie Hebert

Message 21727 · 28 Jun 2000 18:34:49 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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This dance has been a recurring favourite on our demo programs for
years, along with John's explanation of the inspiration for the
dance. Even the older (70 +) members of the group could still
manage the formations as written - it takes cooperation and
everyone knowing where they should be at the end of bar 4, but it
does look lovely and is a joy to dance that way. Peter's
description of "requires strength and preparedness" is accurate,
and so is his comment about John's vigorous strathspeys. A class
with him teaching his own dances was a treat!

BTW, perhaps some of us librarians in the group, used to dropping
initial articles when searching titles in databases, have contributed
to the careless handling of the "The"s...

Cheers, Jodie

Date sent: Tue, 27 Jun 2000 16:46:33 +0100 (BST)
From: Peter Hastings <xxx@xxx.xx.xx>
To: xxxxxxxxxx@xx.xxxxxxxxxx.xxx-xxxxxxxxx.xx
Subject: Re: The Wind on Loch Fyne

> This dance does require a certain amount of strength (and
> preparedness) if it is to be danced as written :
> 2 bars to set
> 2 bars to circle half way
> 2 bars to turn partner BH
2 bars to circle half way
>
> This may explain the popularity of the alternatives - circle one place
> rather than half way (which changes the progression but doesn't
> destroy the dance) or move while turning.
>
> However all the crispness is lost in doing either of these and so is
> much of the vigour of the dance. John Bowie Dickson was a great
> champion of vigour in strathspeys (and much else in life, forbye) and
> I'm sure he wrote exactly what he wanted to be done. He never wrote a
> sludgy strathspey in his life.
>
> my $0.02
>
> Peter Hastings
> Royal Observatory
> Edinburgh
> :)
>
>
> --
> Peter Hastings <xxx@xxx.xx.xx>
>

Jodie Parker-Hebert
McLennan Library, Collections Dept.
McGill University, Montreal, PQ Canada
Voice: 514-398-4782 FAX: 514-398-7184

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