In a music publisher called John Playford published ‘The English Dancing Master’. This was a book of brief instructions for a hundred odd such dances. Illustration from The Dancing Master: Vol. The First The 18th Edition London: Edward Midwinter and John Young, []. Courtesy of the Library of Congress. The English Dancing Master: OR, Plaine and easie Rules for the Dancing of LONDON Printed by Thomas Harper, and are to be sold by John Playford, at his.

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Various other publishers got in on the act and books of country dances were published at frequent intervals through to about Wikipedia article Robert Keller’s compendium. Dunstan or Clifford’s Inn is written for violin tuned AEae.

It was registered for copyright in Novemberbut the dancjng date on the book is you had to register your book in advance of publication.

The Art of Dancing called by the Ancient Greeks Orchesticeand Orchestis madter, is a commendable and rare Quality fit for yong Gentlemen, if opportunely and civilly used. Playford on the Web Robert Keller has scanned in copies of all playfofd of the Dancing Master and added an index. Whoever bought the copy of The English Dancing Master now the British Library was an old fuddy-duddy who crossed out the printed and wrote in This was a book of brief instructions for a hundred odd such dances.

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If reading scanned-in ancient type is not for you see http: Eric Praetzel has been kind enough to enter the music zipped in midi format he has even provided some scans of music from a reprint editions of playford. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4. Page maintained by Hugh Stewart.

John Playford the Younger Later editions ran to three volumes and over the years dances were added and dropped so that over a thousand distinct dances were published.

These file s are part of the Werner Icking Music Collection. Originally these dances would have been done with a lot of fancy stepping, whereas nowadays we almost always use walking or skipping steps. Editor First edition of supplement.


Title The English Dancing Master [1st ed.

View at Internet archive. I do not know if the.

Editor 2nd edition of the supplement. External Links Wikipedia article Robert Keller’s compendium. The title was probably just a joke because all the best dancing masters were French or, maybe, a dig at a rival French book. As for Copying and inclusion in works and the like, I allow anyone to copy any part of this document, electronic or otherwise, as long as it is stated in writing with the copy that it is:.

Javascript is required for this feature. And Platothat Famous Philosopher thought it meet, that yong Ingenious Children be taught to dance. Most dancers dance Playford dances because they enjoy them, which is a perfectly good reason. My wishes are that this work be as free as possible and anyone who tries to profit from it, are basically stealing my time and effort. None [ force assignment ] First Pub lication. Please be honorable and keep with my wishes in this matter.

Naxos Javascript not enabled. A small portion of the music has been entered. These compromise dances proved very popular; after all an educated person going to a ball every week or two may well feel a dance simple enough for someone who only goes to a dance once or twice a year cancing beneath him. Therefore for prevention of all which, having an Excellent Copy by me, and the assistance of a knowing Friend; I have ventured to put forth this ensuing Worke to the view, and gentle censure of all ingenious Plagford lovers of this Quallity ; not doubting but their goodnes will pardon what may be amisse and accept of the honest Intention of him that is a faithfull honourer of your Virtues, and.

Music will be on the way as soon as have time to get it in. PDF scanned by archive. Country dances ; Dances ; For violin ; Scores featuring the violin ; For 1 player ; For treble instrument ; Scores with open instrumentation ; For 3 recorders arr ; For 3 players ; Scores featuring the recorder ; For 3 saxophones arr ; Scores featuring the saxophone plaford For 2 guitars arr ; For 2 players ; Scores featuring the guitar ; For guitar arr.


To the Ingenious Reader. The real cause of the confusion is that at some stage people switched from counting the year as starting in March the Spring Solstice to starting in January — think about September being the 7th month. They were dances of the educated society. You can also find a complete facsimile of the edition here. The instructions in the Dancing Master were brief notes, so modern interpretations of those notes may well not be what was intended.

Contents 1 Performances 1.

The English Dancing Master

Some people dance them because sancing are trying to recreate historical life. Would you like to help? In the early s people were trying to collect evidence of the English Folk tradition before the age of industrialisation and mass communication swept it all playforf.

Hence I have described the book as being published inbut if you want to use Old Style years then you could call itwhich is a nice round number. Such people should bear in mind the following points: Indeed we can sometimes be convinced there are misprints so some dance descriptions are clearly wrong.

Facsimile of Playford’s The English Dancing Master

It is a quality that has been formerly honoured in the Courts of Princes, when performed by the most Noble Heroes of the Times! See a Playford family tree. If you want to see the what Playford published go to http: Yet all this should not have been an Incitement to me for Publication of this Worke knowing these Times and the Nature of it do not agree, But that there was mastef false and surrepticious Copy at the Printing Presse, which if it jojn been published, would have been a disparagement to the quality and the Professors thereof, and a hinderance to the Learner: