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

Some pieces are written for violin with alternate scordatura tuning: 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. The title was probably just a joke because all the best dancing masters were French or, maybe, a dig at a rival French book. Such people should bear in mind the following points: Dunstan or Clifford’s Inn is written for violin tuned AEae.

Retrieved from ” http: Playford on the Web Robert Keller has scanned in copies of all editions of the Dancing Master and added an index. 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 Intention of him that is a faithfull honourer of your Virtues, and.

A small portion of the music has been entered. Wikipedia article Robert Keller’s compendium. And Platothat Famous Philosopher thought it meet, that yong Ingenious Children be taught to dance. 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.


See a Playford family tree. John Playford the Younger External Links Wikipedia article Robert Keller’s compendium. Various other publishers got in on the act and books of country dances were published at frequent intervals through to about The instructions in the Dancing Master were brief notes, so modern interpretations of those notes may well not be what was intended.

The English Dancing-Master

Dances from 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.

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Javascript is required for this feature. The Art of Dancing called by the Ancient Greeks Orchesticeand Orchestisis a commendable and rare Quality fit for yong Gentlemen, if dancint and civilly used. It is a quality that has been formerly honoured in the Courts of Princes, when performed by the most Noble Heroes of the Times!

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Indeed eancing can sometimes be convinced there are misprints so some dance descriptions are clearly wrong. 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 is beneath him. None [ force assignment ] First Pub lication.


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. The real cause of the confusion is that at some stage people switched from counting the playfodd as starting in March the Spring Solstice to starting in January — think about September being the 7th month. PDF scanned by archive. Music will be on the way as soon as have plaford to get it in. Originally these dances would have been done with a lot of fancy stepping, whereas nowadays we almost always use walking or skipping steps.

If you want to see the what Playford published go to http: Contents 1 Performances 1. To the Ingenious Reader. ADae first appears 11th edition, If reading scanned-in ancient type is not for you see http: Some people dance them because they are trying to recreate historical life. View at Internet archive.

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You can also find a complete facsimile of the edition here. Would you like to help? It was registered for copyright in Novemberbut the printed date on the book is you had to register your book in advance of publication. Page maintained by Hugh Stewart.

A project to enter Playford first edition is mostly finished! Most dancers dance Playford dances because they enjoy them, which is a perfectly good reason.