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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The Dancing Master (Playford, John)

External Links Wikipedia article Robert Keller’s compendium. No service charge may be applied. The real cause of the confusion is that at some stage people switched from counting the year as starting in March the Spring Solstice johh starting in January — think about September being the 7th month.

John Playford the Younger Page maintained by Hugh Stewart. Naxos Javascript not enabled. Wikipedia article Robert Keller’s compendium. 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 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.

Playford on the Web Robert Keller has scanned in copies of all editions of the Dancing Master and added an index. 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. PDF scanned by archive. A project to enter Playford first edition is mostly finished!

And Platothat Famous Philosopher thought it meet, that yong Ingenious Children be taught to dance. 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.


If you want to see the what Playford published go to http: Some people dance them because they are trying to recreate historical life. They were dances of the educated society.

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

Such people should bear in mind the following points: 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: Originally these dances would have been done with a lot of fancy stepping, whereas nowadays we almost always use walking or skipping steps.

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.

Music will be on the way as soon as have time to get it in. It is a quality that has been formerly honoured in the Courts of Princes, when performed by the most Noble Heroes of the Times! 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. 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.


Most dancers dance Playford dances because they enjoy them, which is a perfectly good reason.

The English Dancing Master by John Playford

A small portion of the music has been entered. Would you like to help? Retrieved from ” http: ADae first appears 11th edition, Indeed we can sometimes be convinced there are misprints so some dance descriptions are clearly wrong. Playyford a Playford family tree.

Contents 1 Performances 1. The instructions in the Dancing Master were brief notes, so modern interpretations of those notes may well not be what was intended.

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:. Editor 2nd edition of the supplement.

The English Dancing Master

View at Internet archive. I tried to take care to not correct spellings playforf obvious mistakes, but if you find something right, let me know Some pieces are written for violin with alternate scordatura tuning: You can also find a complete facsimile of the edition here. Editor First edition of supplement. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.

Javascript is required for this feature. 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.