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 on the Web Robert Keller has scanned in copies of all editions of the Dancing Master and added an index. Hence I have described the book as being published inxancing if you want to use Old Style years then you could call itwhich is a nice round number. The instructions in the Dancing Master were brief jon, so modern interpretations of those notes may well not be what was intended.

The Art of Dancing called by the Naster Greeks Orchesticeand Orchestisis a commendable and rare Quality fit for yong Gentlemen, if opportunely and civilly used. 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.

The English Dancing Master

Naxos Javascript not enabled. See a Playford family tree. Eric Praetzel has been kind enough to enter the music zipped in midi format he has even provided some scans dancingg music from a reprint editions of playford. Retrieved from ” http: A small portion of the music has been entered.

To the Ingenious Reader. Indeed we can sometimes be convinced there are misprints so some dance descriptions are clearly wrong. Title The English Dancing Master [1st ed. 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:. Wikipedia article Robert Keller’s compendium. 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.


You can also find a complete facsimile of the edition here. ADae first appears 11th edition, None [ force assignment ] First Pub lication. If you want to see the what Playford published go to http: Most dancers dance Playford dances because they enjoy them, which is a perfectly good reason. 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.

This was a book of brief instructions for a hundred odd such dances. 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 Learner: Some people dance them because they are trying to recreate historical life.

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? 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 view, 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.

Such people should bear in mind the following points: It was registered for copyright in Novemberbut the printed date on the book is you had to register your book in advance of publication. Dunstan or Clifford’s Inn is written for violin tuned AEae.

Facsimile of Playford’s The English Dancing Master

View at Internet archive. They were dances of the educated society.

Contents 1 Performances 1. Music will be on the way as soon as have time to get it in. 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.


And Platothat Famous Philosopher thought it meet, that yong Ingenious Children be taught to dance. External Links Wikipedia article Robert Keller’s compendium. Originally these dances would have been done with a lot of fancy stepping, whereas nowadays dancibg almost always use walking or skipping steps.

If reading scanned-in ancient type is not for you see http: What are Playford dances? I do not know if the. Page maintained by Hugh Stewart. These file s are part of the Werner Plajford Music Collection.

It is a quality that has been formerly honoured in the Courts of Princes, when performed by the most Noble Heroes of the Times!

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

No service charge may be applied. John Playford the Younger Editor First edition of supplement.

Javascript is required for this feature. 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.

A project to enter Playford first edition is mostly finished! 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 Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4. Some pieces are written for violin with alternate scordatura tuning: Editor 2nd edition of the supplement.