Temperans A dance for 3 [steps no. 25, music no. 10]

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All trett and retrett thre singlis with a stop. Then first and the medyll togedder retrett while the last goth forth and cum togedder agayn in the same forme saving in the end wher the laste departytt the second shall the thred the first shall. Then every man togedder two dubles on the left fott and halfe a torn. Then every man the same contrary wyse agayn. Then all togedder trett, retrett and rakkes. Then all togedder a flourdelice. Then the first man throw while the tothir two change places. Then the first 3 forth with a torn, the 2d the same, the 3 the same without a torn. Then the first lepe, the second lepe, the last lepe. Then all torn with a rest in the meddys."

Music - The music has 5 sections.

The dance appears at first glance to have 5 sections also. However when matching it to the music the 3rd part of the dance fits the 3rd and 4th part of the music. Leaving just one part of music to fit every thing from Then all togedder a flourdelice. onwards. Does this mean that the last bit describes a flourdelice? It certianlately fits the last 8 bars (4 bars repeated) of the music.

Part 1. The Trace

All trett and retrett thre singlis with a stop. Then first and the medyll togedder retrett while the last goth forth and cum togedder agayn in the same forme saving in the end wher the laste departytt the second shall the thred the first shall.

If this matches the first bit of music, and the first sentence gives us the step description, then these steps are repeated 3 times so everyone is back in place.

A trett and a retrett are 3 singles with a stop. This takes 6 singles, which matches the 6 bars in the music.

First and second man zigzag (back then forward) one place to the left while third man zigzags (forward and back) to first man's place.

Repeat until everyone is back in place.

Part 2

Then every man togedder two dubles on the left fott and halfe a torn. Then every man the same contrary wyse agayn.

Two doubles forward, starting on the left foot) and a half turn = DL, DR, TL = 5 bars.
Repeat on right = DR, DL, TR.

Total of 10 bars. Music appears to have 3 bars. If it had 5 bars it could repeat.

If the turn is in the last double we would only need 8 bars.

Part 3

Then all togedder trett, retrett

The music has 6 bars. Which fits with the 3 single trett and retrett.

Part 4

and rakkes.

Two sideways singles.

Part 5

Then all togedder a flourdelice. Then the first man throw while the tothir two change places. Then the first 3 forth with a torn, the 2d the same, the 3 the same without a torn. Then the first lepe, the second lepe, the last lepe. Then all torn with a rest in the meddys.

The music has 4 bars repeated.

Throw is probably a cast. The throw and change places would be a double, ie 2 bars.

3 singles forward with 1 and 2 (in third place) turning in the last single or maybe a full turn to stagger the line. Or maybe again 1 and 2 turn into each others place so the order of the dance is reversed (not true - have 3,1,2)

Then all leap in 1 bars and a turn (about the middle?) for 2 bars.

Total of 2+3+1+2=8.


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