From the Library…English Country Dance

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by Gabrielle Riel on Sunday, 24 August, 2008

Today’s “From the Library” program features the music of English Country Dance. Let’s see what our friend Mr. Wikipedia has to say about English Country Dance…

From Wikipedia: “English Country Dance, sometimes abbreviated ECD, is a form of folk dance. It is a social dance form, which has earliest documented instances in the late 16th century. Queen Elizabeth I of England is noted to have been entertained by “Country Dancing,” although the relationship of the dances she saw to the surviving dances of the mid-17th century is disputed. English Country Dance was popular well into the Baroque and Regency eras. Whereas several figures common to English Country Dance, e.g. arming and the straight hey, are found in the traditional dances and display dances such as morris, ECD’s origins rest among the gentry, first at court, then spreading to bourgeois-London, finally moving into country manors around England.”

Radio Riel produces this program in conjunction with the Caledon Library in Second Life. Today’s music originates from the music library of Gabrielle Riel.

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