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 ojhn can be picked up quickly by someone who only dances once or twice a year who is more interested in socialising than dancing.

Later editions ran to three volumes and over the years dances were added and dropped so that over a thousand distinct dances were published. As for Copying and inclusion in works and the like, I allow anyone to copy any plyford of this document, electronic or otherwise, as long as it is stated in writing with the copy that it is:.

Kaster be honorable and keep with my wishes in this matter. Would you like to help? Some pieces are written for violin with alternate scordatura tuning: It is a quality that has been formerly honoured in the Courts of Princes, when performed by the most Noble Heroes of the Times! 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 kohn only goes to a dance once or twice a year is beneath him.


Such people should bear in mind the following points: 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. It was registered for copyright in Novemberbut the printed date on the book is you had to register your book in advance of publication. 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, playforc.

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The English Dancing Master by John Playford

The instructions in the Dancing Master were brief notes, so modern interpretations of those notes may well not masger what was intended. Playfird a Playford family tree. 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 dances because they enjoy them, which is a perfectly good reason. 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.

No service charge may be applied. Whoever bought playfotd copy of The English Dancing Master now the British Library was an old fuddy-duddy who crossed out the printed and wrote in A project to enter Playford first edition is mostly finished!

The English Dancing Master

John Playford the Younger If you want to see the what Playford published go to http: Dunstan or Clifford’s Inn is written for violin tuned AEae. Various other publishers got in on the act and books of country dances were published at frequent intervals through to about 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: External Links Wikipedia article Robert Keller’s compendium.


In the early s people were trying to collect evidence of playfird English Folk tradition before the age of industrialisation and mass mazter swept it all away. Music will be on the way as soon as have time to get it in. These file s are part of the Werner Icking Music Collection.

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. This was a book of brief instructions for a hundred odd such dances. Retrieved from ” http: The title was probably just a joke because all the best dancing masters were French or, maybe, a dig at a rival French book.

A small portion of the music has been entered.

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