Country Gardens. English Morris Dance - Sheet music download.

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Country Gardens. English Morris Dance - Sheet music download.
Hankerchief Dance. 1919 From Grainger British Folk Music Settings No. 22
An English Morris Dance Tune collected bt Cecil J. Sharp and arranged for piano by Percy Aldridge Grainger.
10 Pages including covers. PDF File


Morris dance is a form of English folk dance usually accompanied by music. It is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers. Implements such as sticks, swords, handkerchiefs and bells may also be wielded by the dancers. In a small number of dances for one or two men, steps are performed near and across a pair of clay tobacco pipes laid across each other on the floor.

Before the English Civil War, the working peasantry took part in morris dances, especially at Whitsun. In 1600 the Shakespearean actor William Kempe morris danced from London to Norwich, an event chronicled in his Nine Daies Wonder (1600). The Puritan government of Oliver Cromwell, however, suppressed Whitsun Ales and other such festivities. When the crown was restored by Charles II, the springtime festivals were restored. In particular, Whitsun Ales came to be celebrated on Whitsunday, as the date coincided with the birthday of Charles II.

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