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
Page maintained by Hugh Stewart. They were dances of the educated society. Some pieces are written for violin with alternate scordatura tuning: Yet all plaayford 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 a false and surrepticious Copy at the Printing 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: Indeed we can sometimes be convinced there are misprints so some dance descriptions are clearly wrong.
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 Most dancers dance Playford dances because they enjoy them, which is a perfectly good reason. External Links Wikipedia article Robert Keller’s compendium. The Art of Dancing called by the Ancient Greeks Orchesticeand Orchestisis a commendable and rare Quality fit for yong Gentlemen, if opportunely and civilly used.
See a Playford family tree. Jlhn file s are part of the Werner Icking Music Collection.
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No service charge may be applied. None [ force assignment ] First Pub lication. Such people should bear in mind the following points: Playford on the Web Robert Keller has scanned in copies of all editions of the Dancing Master playdord added an index.
Dunstan or Clifford’s Inn is written for violin tuned AEae. Some people dance them because they are trying to recreate historical life.
The English Dancing-Master
ADae first appears 11th edition, Retrieved from ” http: I do not know if the. You can also find a complete facsimile of the edition here. 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. This was a book of playfkrd instructions for a hundred odd such dances.
The instructions in the Dancing Master were brief notes, so modern interpretations of those notes may well not be what was intended. A small portion of the music has been entered. 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.
If reading scanned-in ancient type is not for you see http: 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:. 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. 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.
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. To the Ingenious Reader. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.
I tried to take care to not correct spellings and obvious mistakes, but if you find something right, let me know