The Night Peece
for a line of three couples
Reconstructed by Dafydd Cyhoeddwr.
Music: English Country Dances, by the Broadside Band (structure is wrong, needs to be AABBB, not AABBBB)
Doctored Dance Stuff, fixed the Broadside Band version by removing a repeat of the chorus, making the structure AABBB.
The English Dancing Master from EFDSS, which has the right structure
Part 1
Verse 1, Part A
1: Couples take inside hands, go forwards a double.
2: Couples go backwards a double.
Verse 2, Part B
1&2: That again.
Chorus 1, Part A
1: Couple 2 falls back a double while couples 1 and 3 meet.
2: Couple 2 slips up into couple 1ís place while man 1 and man 3 take inside hands (1ís right to 2ís left) and casting to his left, man 1 leads them into the two bottom places in the set (man 1 in 3rd, man 3 in 2nd),
with women 1 and 3 doing the same except casting to the right.
Chorus 1, Part B
1: Middle couple falls back a double while end couples meet.
2: Middle couple falls into top position while end men and end women take hands and the top couple casts away from each other to end up in the middle and last places (top in 3rd, bottom in 2nd).
Chorus 1, Part C
1: Middle couple falls back a double while end couples meet.
2: Middle couple falls into top position while end men and end women take hands and the top couple casts away from each other to end up in the middle and last places (returning everyone to their proper places).
Part 2
Verse 2, Part A & B
1-4: Siding left and right.
Chorus 2, Part A:
1: Top couple takes right hands, man pulls woman in front of him as they cross into middle coupleís place (middle couple slips or casts up to make room).
2: The same couple takes left hands, man pulls woman in front of him as they cross into end coupleís place (end couple slips/casts up to make room).
Chorus 2, Part B
1&2: That again with the new top couple.
Chorus 2, Part C
1&2: That again with the new top couple, returning everyone to their proper places.
Part 3
Verse 3, Part A & B
1-4: Arming left and right.
Chorus 2, Part A:
1: First man and second woman change places.
2: Everyone else change places (woman one and man two, couple three).
Chorus 2, Part B
1: First man and third woman change places.
2: Everyone else change places (man three and woman one, couple two).
Chorus 2, Part C
1&2: Set and turn single (left).
Notes:The figure in the first chorus is described in Playford as ďThe middle Cu. fall back and slip up while the first and last Cu. change places. That again. That again.ĒThe intent is clear, but the method is
simply not described.Iíve used the described figure from The Symphony to accomplish this.