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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They were dances of the educated society.

I do not know if the. Editor First edition of supplement. Contents 1 Performances 1. A project to enter Playford first edition is mostly finished!

It was registered for copyright in Novemberbut the printed date on the book is you had to register your book in advance of publication. Please be honorable and keep with my wishes in this matter. ADae first appears 11th edition, 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. Playfrod a Playford family tree.

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.

Title The English Dancing Master [1st ed. View at Internet archive.

Facsimile of Playford’s The English Dancing Master

A small portion of the music has been entered. The title was probably just a joke because all the best dancing masters were French or, maybe, a dig at a rival French book. 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.


Later editions ran to three volumes and over the years dances were added and dropped so that over a thousand distinct dances were published. Retrieved from ” http: 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 Music will be on the way as soon as have time to get it msater.

Would you like to help? These file s are part of the Werner Icking Music Collection. As for Copying and plagford 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 masetr the copy that it is:. It is a quality that has been formerly honoured in the Courts of Princes, when performed by the most Noble Heroes of the Times!

My wishes are that this work be as free as possible and anyone who tries to profit from it, are basically stealing my johh and effort. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4. You can also find a complete facsimile of the edition here. Some pieces are written for violin with alternate scordatura tuning: Eric Praetzel has been kind enough to enter the music zipped in midi format he has even provided some scans of music from masteer reprint editions of playford.

Such people should bear in mind the following points: Naxos Javascript not enabled. PDF scanned by archive. Playford on the Web Robert Keller has scanned in copies of all editions of the Dancing Master and added an index. Most dancers dance Playford dancnig because they enjoy them, which is a perfectly good reason. These compromise dances maater 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.


Dunstan or Clifford’s Inn is written for violin tuned AEae.

What are Playford dances? Editor 2nd edition of the supplement. John Playford the Younger 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. If reading scanned-in ancient type is not for you see http: Wikipedia article Robert Keller’s compendium.

The Dancing Master (Playford, John)

Various other publishers got in on the act and books of country dances were published at frequent intervals through to about 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.

External Links Wikipedia article Robert Keller’s compendium. None [ force assignment ] First Pub lication. If you want to see the what Playford published go to http: To the Ingenious Reader.