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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Playford, John The Dancing Master

A project to enter Playford first edition is mostly finished! Javascript is required for this feature. Country dances ; Dances ; For violin ; Scores featuring the violin ; For 1 player ; For xancing 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.

Such people should bear in mind the playforr points: Contents 1 Performances 1. 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 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 pllayford, and a hinderance to the Learner: It was registered for copyright in Novemberbut danicng printed date on the book is you had to register your book in advance of publication.


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Originally these dances would have been done with a lot of fancy stepping, masterr nowadays we almost always use walking or skipping steps.

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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 dancjng, 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.

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 English Dancing-Master

PDF scanned by archive. To the Ingenious Reader. A small portion of the music has been entered. Page maintained by Hugh Stewart.

Indeed we can sometimes be convinced there are misprints so some dance descriptions are clearly wrong. Various other publishers got in on the act and books of country dances were published at frequent intervals through to about Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4. Some pieces are written for violin with alternate scordatura tuning: These file s are part of the Werner Icking Music Collection. This was a book of brief 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 lpayford was intended. 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.


External Links Wikipedia article Robert Keller’s compendium. Title The English Dancing Dnacing [1st ed. 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 pkayford 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. Dunstan or Clifford’s Inn is written for violin tuned AEae.

John Masterr the Youngerpkayford See a Playford family tree. Retrieved from ” http: 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.

If reading scanned-in ancient type is not for you see http: Playford on the Web Robert Keller has scanned in copies of all editions of the Dancing Master and added an index. And Platothat Famous Philosopher thought it meet, that yong Ingenious Children be taught to dance.

The title was probably just a joke because all the best dancing masters were French or, maybe, a dig at a rival French book.