To the tune of “An Italian Rant”, from the music supplement to the 3rd edition of the Dancing Master, 1657. No dance was written to it at the time. It's a cracking, powerful tune that deserves to be danced to!
The tune has a 4-bar A section and a 10-bar B. It's worth pointing out the extra bars in the B part.
The final progression works well in a Sicillian circle, but the dance can equally well be done in a longways set.
There's a story behind the name. Daisy and I were kindly being put up in a B&B by Chippenham Folk Festival as I was calling. The B&B owners had a parrot that they kept just outside the window of the room we were in, which woke us up very loudly at dawn every morning – funny afterwards but at the time I really needed some sleep!
|A1 (4)||Side right with contrary (into line siding).|
|A2 (4)||Back-to-back with contrary.|
|B1 (10)||Right hand turn 1¼, leaving women facing away from each other in the middle of a line of 4 (4)
All set right and left to contrary (2)
Half a hey, starting passing contrary right shoulders, finishing next to them in a circle of 4 with the man on the left (4).
|B2 (10)||Hands 4 slip to the left all the way (4)
Set to partner across the set (2)
Face away from the other couple and take promenade hold with partner: wheel round to the left halfway to face along the direction of travel of the dance (1C down and 2C up if in a longways set) and pass the other couple (men passing left shoulders) to meet another couple (4).
T:Italian Rant, An
B:Playford, Dancing Master,Supplement to 3rd Ed.,1657
Z:Chris Partington <www.cpartington.plus>