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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Yet all this should not have been an Incitement to me for Publication of this Worke knowing these Times and the Nature of it mastet 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: You can also find a complete facsimile of the edition here.

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. Page maintained by Hugh Stewart. Such people should bear in mind the following points: 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.

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 They were dances of the educated society.


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

Would you like to help? As for Copying and inclusion dancinv 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:. View at Internet archive. Indeed we can sometimes be convinced there are misprints so some playfird descriptions are clearly wrong. Some pieces are written for violin with alternate scordatura tuning: To the Ingenious Reader.

The English Dancing Master

See a Playford family tree. None [ force assignment ] First Pub lication. No service charge may be applied. 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 dnacing 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.

These file s are part of the Werner Icking Music Collection. Playford on the Web Robert Keller has scanned in copies of all editions of the Dancing Master and added an index. This was a book of brief instructions for a hundred odd such dances.

Maser project to enter Playford first edition is mostly finished! I do not know if the. Title The English Dancing Master [1st ed. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.

Contents 1 Performances 1. A small portion of the music has been entered.

The English Dancing Master by John Playford

If you want to see the what Playford published go to http: Hence I have described the book as being published inbut if you want to use Old Style years then plagford could call itwhich is a nice round number. Originally these dances would have been done with a lot of fancy stepping, whereas nowadays we almost always use walking or skipping steps. And Platothat Famous Philosopher thought it meet, that yong Ingenious Children be taught to dance. The instructions in the Dancing Master were brief notes, so modern interpretations of those notes may well not be what was intended.


Editor 2nd edition of the supplement. Please be honorable and keep with my wishes in this matter.

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The English Dancing-Master

John Playford the Younger 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. 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.

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