31: Good Your Worship
for 100, longways
mms pages 62 to 65
Playford version: none
Music:
Figure intro, Part A
1: Lead forward [a double]
2: Fall back [a double]
3-4: That again
Figure intro, Part B
1-2: Set [and turn single, left]
3: Fall back [a double]
4: Change places with your partner [in a double] and face them again
5-6: Set [and turn single, right]
7: Fall back [a double]
8: Change places with your partner [in a double] and face them again
Main Figure
1: Couple 1 take inside hands and lead down the middle of the set (for some distance)
2: Couple 1 cast off and turn single
3: Couple 1 take hands again and lead down to the bottom of the set
4: Couple 1 cast off and turn single, then move into place at the bottom of the set
Figure, Finishing part
1-2: Everyone set [and turn single, left]
3: Fall back [a double]
4: Change places with your partner [in a double] and face them again
5-6: Set [and turn single, right]
7: Fall back [a double]
8: Change places with your partner [in a double] and face them again
Repeat the B part of the music again: Woman 1 and man 2 switch places
1-8: Repeat all of the above (yes, the mms says to set, fall back, change, that again, and again back into your places (so 4 times total)
And so on:
The entirety of the above (from the lead up, "set, fall back, change" twice, top couple go to the bottom of the set, "set, fall back, change" four times) happens once for each couple in the dance (I.e. if the 100 people requested in the beginning are dancing, then you'd do it all 50 times!
Note also that the lead couple "if you please you may prolong every one his part, like as in leading to the bottome, you may leade down but a little way, and then leade up againe, and soe fall backe, and change between every couple", and the author is so savvy that there is also the note:
"that always part of the tune must be playd againe, beginning where you shall sett, and fall backe, otherwise you cannot come right in your places"
Conclusion:
It looks as if the music is structured as verse/chorus, with the A-music being an 8-count phrase repeated, and the B-music being a 16-count phrase, many times repeated. The musicians obviously have to be quite alert to what the dancers are doing so that they can repeat the various parts as many times as required:
The A-part for the leading down, and the B-part for the set, back, change sections.
This may make it very hard to produce recorded music that is appropriate for teaching, but would make for a very interesting and/or exciting live performance (that also testifies to the ascendency of the dancers over the musicians )