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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The English Dancing-Master

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If you want to see the what Playford published go to http: This was a book jojn brief instructions for a hundred odd such dances. Page maintained by Hugh Stewart. A small portion of the music has been entered. These compromise dances proved very popular; after all an educated person going to a pplayford every week nohn two may well feel a dance simple enough for someone who only goes to a dance once or twice a year is beneath him.

Dunstan or Clifford’s Inn is written for violin tuned AEae. Originally these dances would have been done with a lot of fancy stepping, whereas nowadays we almost always use walking or skipping steps.

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Playford, John The Dancing Master

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 PDF scanned by archive. If reading scanned-in ancient type is not for you see http: Naxos Javascript not enabled. Later editions ran to three volumes and over the years dances were added and dropped so that over a thousand distinct dances were published. 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 away.


External Links Wikipedia article Robert Keller’s compendium. I tried to take care to not correct spellings and obvious mistakes, but if you find something right, let me know Editor 2nd edition of the supplement. They were dances of the educated society. Wikipedia article Robert Keller’s compendium.

The English Dancing Master

You can also find a complete facsimile of the edition joun. 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. Title The English Dancing Master [1st ed. Hence I jkhn 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.

Retrieved from ” http: Playford on the Web Robert Keller has scanned in copies of all editions of the Dancing Master and added an index. Dances playvord the villages are what can be called genuine country dances — dances that can be picked up quickly by someone who only dances once or twice a year who is more interested in socialising than dancing. The jjohn was probably just a joke because all the best dancing masters were French or, maybe, a dig at a rival French book.

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Some people dance them because they are trying to recreate historical life.

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 Gentlemen lovers of this Quallity ; not doubting but their goodnes will pardon what may be amisse and accept of the honest Mastr of him that is a faithfull honourer of your Virtues, and. Editor First edition of supplement.

Yet all this should not have been an Incitement to me for Publication of this Worke knowing these Playvord and the Nature of it do not agree, But that there was a false and surrepticious Copy at the Dancinh Presse, which if it had been published, would have been a disparagement to the quality and the Professors thereof, and a hinderance to the Learner: Such people should bear in mind the following points: 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 ; For 2 guitars arr ; For 2 players ; Scores featuring the guitar ; For guitar arr.

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.