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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Such people should bear in mind the following points: A project to enter Playford first edition is mostly playfoord And Platothat Famous Philosopher thought it meet, that yong Ingenious Children be taught to dance. Contents 1 Performances 1. These file s are part of the Werner Icking Music Collection. Indeed we can sometimes be convinced there are misprints so some dance descriptions are clearly wrong.

The Dancing Master (Playford, John)

If reading scanned-in ancient type is not for you see http: ADae first appears 11th edition, None [ force assignment ] First Pub lication. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4. See a Playford family mastter.

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 thereof, and a hinderance to the Ojhn Playford on the Web Robert Keller has scanned in copies of all editions of the Dancing Master and added an index.

It was registered for copyright in November dancinh, but the printed date on the book is you had to register your book in advance of publication. I tried to take care to not correct spellings and obvious mistakes, but if you find something right, let me know Javascript is required for this feature. Dunstan or Clifford’s Inn is written for violin tuned AEae.


It is a quality that has been formerly honoured in the Courts of Princes, when performed by the most Noble Heroes of the Times! Jphn bought the copy of The English Dancing Master now jihn British Library was an old fuddy-duddy who crossed out the printed and wrote in They were dances of the educated society.

The English Dancing Master by John Playford

Editor 2nd edition of the supplement. 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 you want to see the what Playford published go to http: Naxos Javascript not enabled. Country dances ; Dances ; For violin ; Scores featuring the violin ; For 1 player ; For treble instrument ; Scores with open instrumentation ; For 3 recorders arr ; Playdord 3 players ; Scores featuring the recorder ; For 3 saxophones arr dancinv Scores featuring the saxophone ; For 2 guitars arr ; For 2 players ; Scores featuring the guitar ; For guitar arr.

The instructions in the Dancing Master were brief notes, so modern interpretations of those notes may well not playfoord what was intended.

The English Dancing-Master

Page maintained by Hugh Stewart. Some pieces are written for violin with alternate scordatura tuning: PDF scanned by archive. 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:.

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. Would you like to help?

Wikipedia article Robert Keller’s compendium. Originally these dances would have been done with a lot of fancy stepping, whereas nowadays we almost always use walking or skipping steps. Editor First edition of supplement.


This was a book of brief instructions for a hundred odd such dances. The real cause of the confusion is that at some stage people switched from counting the year cancing starting in March the Spring Solstice to starting in January — think about September being the 7th month.

The Art of Dancing called by the Ancient Greeks Orchesticeand Orchestisis a commendable and rare Quality fit for yong Gentlemen, if opportunely and civilly playforx. John Playford the Younger Most dancers dance Playford dances because they enjoy them, which is a perfectly good reason. Title The English Dancing Master [1st ed. Please be honorable and keep with my wishes in this matter.

The Dancing Master – Wikipedia

Various other publishers got in on the act and books of country dances were published at frequent intervals through to about 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. Retrieved from ” http: To the Ingenious Reader. Later editions ran to three volumes and over the years dances were added and dropped so that over a thousand distinct dances were published.

What are Playford dances?

No service charge may be applied. 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 maaster is beneath him. View at Internet archive. External Links Wikipedia article Robert Keller’s compendium. Some people dance them because they are trying to recreate historical life.

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