Strip the Willow

Ian Brockbank

Message 28457 · 28 Nov 2001 13:27:03 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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Hi Alan, Malcolm,

> > I just can't let that one go. It is exactly when one uses precise
phrasing
> > that the dance has a chance of working. The pleasure from dancing this
> > comes when the turns are EXACTLY timed. If either the dancing person or
> > standing person is a bit off the beat, then the turns are awkward and
> > uncomfortable.
> >
>
> And just what precise phrasing are we talking about?
>
> My two early editions of Book 1, (the earliest listing only
> books 1,2 & 3 on the back cover, the next one going as far as
> mentioning Book 15 in a pocket edition) only go as far as bar
> 12 in defining what people are doing when!
>
> My most recent edition lists the instructions completely for
> a 40 bar dance, (but only shows / annotates 32 bars of music)

And of course, if you're dancing to 6/8s instead of 9/8s, you really
need 56 bars per time through (see
http://www.scottishdance.net/ceilidh/dances.html#StripTheWillow ).

Ian
(who once looked at the RSCDS transcription for StW, thought "that's
not how it goes and will never work" and sticks to the version he
learned in school...or the Orcadian/Shetland version, longwise for
as many as will, new couple starting every 16 bars, or as soon as
there's space for them)
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