Queen's Delight

Corner dance - transcriptions from Ann Arbor, Bacon, Dommett, and Sharp. There was a certain latitude in how this dance was choreographed. Ann Anbor's version is the common sequence done by many American teams.

Ann Arbor

Notes in Bacon are inconclusive. Ann Arbor says they do:

  • Foot up; Double-step crossing; Hey down; Double-step crossing;
  • Belly to belly; 1-2-up crossing; Hey down; Fast caper crossing;
  • Back to back; X caper crossing; Hey down; X caper crossing
  • Rounds to all-in
  • Crossings begin with side-step R, side-2-up L, except fast capers ssr, ssl; and X-capers ssr, ssl with toe-back on last count.
  • On last X-caper crossing, at the apex of your first X you get to yell, shriek, kvitch or holler.

Bacon

Here is how Bacon notates the dance:

THE QUEEN'S DELIGHT MB V, p.88, 90

Sequence - OY;FU;DF;WH;DF;HA;DF;WH;DF;BB;DF;WH;DF;HA;DF;WH;DF.

The following shortened version is more often danced 
OY;FU;DF;WH;DF;HA;DF;WH;DF;BB;DF;WH;DF

Butterworth's sequence is -
OY;FU;DF;WH or FU;DF;HA;DF;BB;DF;WH;DF;WH or FU·DF

WH - middles go up to music in 1st half, down in 2nd
DF - corners cross:-
  1st time - 2 bars ss, 3 bars 4-step, 2HC, 2PC
  2nd time - the same
  3rd time - 2 bars ss, 5 HC, 2PC (repeated in full version)
  4th time - 2 bars ss, l2 PC (repeated in full version)
  5th time - 2 bars ss, 2 UC, 1 bar 4-step, 2 HC, 2 PC
  6th time - the same 

The 3rd and 4th times, the hop of the 2nd ss is omitted, so that it 
becomes a sort of cross-footed HC; and 5th and 6th times beat 2 of bar 2
is a jump.

In Butterworth's version the successive cnrs are with 4-step, HC, PC, 
DC,UC, UC, the music augmenting for the last three. 
(The sequence in this dance seems to have been variable: Sharp was 
also given the following:-
    (i) OY;FU;DF(4-step);FU;DF(4-step);HA;DF(HC);BB;DF(HC);WH; 
DF(PC);WH;DF(PC);WH;DF(UC);WH;DF(UC);WH
    (ii) OY;FU;DF(4-step);FU;DF(4-step);HA;DF(HC);WH;DF(HC);BB; 
DF(PC);WH;DF(PC);BB;DF(UC);WH;DF(UC);WH)
Last time, all join in last 4 bars - 1 bar 4-step, 1 HC, and 4 PC (or 
HC, 2 PC) for Kick-in, odds turning c.cl, evens cl.

Dommett

Queens Delight - corner movements may or may not be repeated at will back to 
place after an intervening figure.

    1st chorus - sidestep to right & left, 4 doub1e steps 1/2 caper & 2 plain
        capers. 
    2nd chorus - sidesteps then 5 1/2 capers & 2 plain capers. 
    3rd chorus - sidesteps then 12 plain capers. 
    4th chorus - sidesteps then 4 doub1e capers to slow music, 2 double steps a
        1/2 caper & 2 plain capers.
    5th chorus - sidesteps to right & left, 2 upright capers to slow music, 2 
        double steps, a 1/2 caper & 2 plain capers. End dance all join in on 
        quick music at end of 3rd corners with kick-in.

Sharp

From The Morris Book V (1912) p.80-84, 90.

details

Tune

Tune from Bacon

X:6
T:Queen's Delight
O:Bucknell
M:6/8
L:1/8
Q:150
A:Bucknell
P:A(AB3)4(AC3)2
K:G
P:A
|:d2G dcB|cBc ABc|d2G d2c|BcA G3:| 
P:B
  cBc cBc|ABc def|gfg eag|gfe def|
  g2g gfe|dec ABc|d2G d2c|BcA G3|]
P:C
  cBc cBc|ABc d2e|\
M:3/8
f3|\
M:6/8
g2f g3|(2ea g3|g2f e3|
M:3/8
def|\
M:6/8
  g2g gfe|dec ABc|d2G d2c|BcA G3|]
dances/bucknell/queens_delight.txt · Last modified: 2010/02/21 04:51 (external edit)