Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

Canon Progression

This is an especially rare form of Progression in Longwise sets in which the new Repeat Starts before the current Repeat has finished. The name arises from the musical form, Canon, in which musical phrases overlap in that way (i.e., for the less musical of us, as in a Round like Frère Jacques or Three Blind Mice).

The set is usually for 4 or 5 couples and Starts with 1st couple of the Full set. Once they have Progressed to a specified Position Down The set, the Couple now in 1st place Start the Repeat as 1st couple of the new Active set from the first bar of the Repeat While the 1st couple of the Full set continue with the remainder of their Repeat. Of course, the deviser must ensure that the instructions for one Repeat make this possible without conflict.

Farewell to Balfour Road is a typical example in a 5 couple set; after 16 bars, 2nd couple (in 1st place) Start the new Repeat with 3rd couple (now in 2nd place) While 1st couple continue for another 16 bars with 4th and 5th couples.

London's Burning is a more complex example in a 4 couple set. After 16 bars, 2nd couple (in 1st place) Start the new Repeat; 1st couple are in 3rd place from which they share in Reels of three on the sides with 2nd couple and 3rd couple (now in 2nd place); for the final 8 bars of their Repeat, 1st couple Progress to 4th place.

Here are examples of those Scottish Country Dances for which we have instructions on this site and in which the term, Canon progression, either appears explicitly or is implied; note that for a common term these will be a small selection; for a rare term, these may be all that exist:

Dundee City Police Jig
One O'Clock Canon

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