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The Cuckoo Clock

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THE CUCKOO CLOCK (R8x32) 3C (4C set) Ian Barbour Repeat Prescription

1- 8 1s+2s+3s dance reels on own sides 1s dancing in and down, 2s dance out and up, 3s in and up to start
9-16 1s+2s dance double Fig of 8
17-20 Muirland Willie figure:
 1s dance down middle, cross over and cast up to 2nd place on opposite side
 while 2s set and cross RH to 3rd place on opposite side
 while 3s cast up to 1st place and cross RH to opposite side
21-24 3s+1s+2s turn partners RH once round
25-32 3s+1s+2s set and link for 3 twice. 213

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

The Cuckoo Clock
Ian Barbour Repeat Prescription
Reel 8 x 32 bars 3 Couple Repeat 4 Couple Set Longwise Set

  1-8   1s2s3s mirror reels of 3 on own sides, 1s dancing in and down, 2s out and up, 3s in and up to start;

  9-16 1s2s double figures of 8, 1s crossing down to start;

17-20 as Muirland Willie, bars 1-4:

17-18 1s cross down to 3rd place WHILE 2s set WHILE 3s cast up to 1st place;

19-20 1s cast up to 2nd place WHILE 2s cross down to 3rd place WHILE 3s cross, finishing 3s1s2s on opposite sides;

21-24 3s 1s 2s turn by the right (not as Muirland Willie);

25-32 3s1s2s set and link for 3:

25-26 3s1s2s set on the sides;

27-28 3L 2M (at the left end of each line) dance inward (passing left shoulders) to the other end of the same line WHILE the others cast to the right one quarter round the square, finishing 2L1L2M facing down, 3L1M3M facing up;

29-32 repeat bars 25-28 in lines across the set, finishing 2s1s3s.

(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

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Dance Information

A cuckoo clock is a clock, typically pendulum-driven, that strikes the hours using small bellows and pipes that imitate the call of the bird, the Common Cuckoo in addition to striking a wire gong. The mechanism to produce the cuckoo call was installed in almost every kind of cuckoo clock since the middle of the eighteenth century and has remained almost without variation until the present.

Most are made in the "traditional style" (also known as "carved") or "chalet" to hang on a wall. In the "traditional style" the wooden case is decorated with carved leaves and animals.

Cuckoo clocks are synonymous with the Black Forest, the first of which were created between 1740 and 1750 with hand-painted shields.

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A Cuckoo Clock
Cuckoo Clock, A So-Called Jagdst├╝ck, Black Forest, Germany 1900

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