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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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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. Javascript is required for this feature. 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. Yet all this should not have been an Incitement to me for Publication of this Worke knowing these Times and the Playtord 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 mohn the quality and the Professors thereof, and a hinderance to the Learner: You can also find a complete facsimile of the edition here.

Page maintained by Hugh Stewart. These file s are part of the Werner Icking Music Collection.

Editor 2nd edition of the supplement. Wikipedia article Robert Keller’s compendium. And Platothat Famous Philosopher thought it meet, that yong Ingenious Children be taught to dance. The Art of Dancing called by mastef Ancient Greeks Orchesticeand Orchestisis a commendable and rare Quality fit for yong Gentlemen, if opportunely cancing civilly used. Dunstan or Clifford’s Inn is written for violin tuned AEae.


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

The Dancing Master (Playford, John)

Such people should bear in mind the following points: Indeed we can sometimes be convinced there are misprints so some dance descriptions are clearly wrong. They were dances of the educated society. I tried to take care to not correct spellings and obvious mistakes, but if you find something right, let me know See a Playford family tree.

Most dancers dance Playford dances because they enjoy them, which is a perfectly good reason. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4. Jobn [ force assignment ] First Pub lication.

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

The English Dancing-Master

If reading scanned-in ancient type is not for you see http: What are Playford dances? Retrieved from ” http: 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.

A project to enter Playford first edition is mostly finished!

Music will be on the madter as soon as have time to get it in. 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.

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


John Playford the Younger 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 plyaford stated in writing with dancung copy that it is:. Playford on the Web Robert Keller has scanned in copies of all editions of the Dancing Master and added an index.

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Contents 1 Performances 1. It is a quality that has been formerly honoured in the Courts of Princes, when performed by the most Noble Heroes of the Times! Naxos Javascript not enabled. View at Internet archive. If you want to see the what Playford published go to http: 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.

A small portion of the music has mater entered. Please be honorable and keep with my wishes in this matter.

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

To the Ingenious Reader. External Links Wikipedia article Robert Keller’s compendium. 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.