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The Chimes of Dunkirk
ID JSS0479
Title The Chimes of Dunkirk
Document Reference MS 3088
Format 165 x 256 mm
Medium Handwritten Manuscript
Item Type Manuscript
Subject Dance
Item Description This excerpt is from a series of notebooks compiled by Skinner and his own dance teacher, William Scott. The notebooks were published under the title, A Guide to Fashionable Dancing. *The Chimes of Dunkirk with chorus. Any number of couples form a circle round the room. The Gentleman having his Lady on the right arm. At the first note of the music the Gentleman makes a low formal bow in front of his partner - His partner makes a low formal curtsety (3 bars and 1 bar for the gentleman to return to his place. Join hands and advance to centre of dance retire and readvance, upon retiring face the Lady on your left - Your partner face the Gentleman on his right. Stike the palm of the left hand with the fingers of the right (Keeping time to the music) and singing: 'Oh! Listen to the Chimes. Oh! Listen to the chimes.' Turn the Lady you advised to 'listen to the chimes' and during the movement sing: 'The merry, merry chimes of the Dunkirk Bells' Repeat until the Ladies have regained partners. *[Note] In our professional experience we have, on many occasions, been requested to give a dance in which all may join. The re-arranging of the 'Chimes of Dunkirk', the beauty of the music, and the simplicity of the figure has, we trust, reduced it to the capacity of the merest Tyro. The dance has another advantage - viz:- It gives Gentlemen the pleasure of dancing and singing with every Lady in the Room. This is Comme il faut. W.S. + J.S.S.
Creator James Scott Skinner and William Scott
Creator Manuscript James Scott Skinner
Publisher Charles Middleton, Keith
Time Period 1870s-1880s
Associated Dates: Creation c.1880
Associated Dates: Manuscript c.1883
Associated Dates: Publication 1884
Location University of Aberdeen
Collection Name Dance Notebooks


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