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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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 dnacing 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: I tried to take care to not correct spellings and obvious mistakes, but if you find something right, let me know This was a book of brief instructions for a hundred odd such dances.

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.

Retrieved from ” http: Javascript is required for this feature. Country dances ; Dances ; For violin ; Scores featuring the violin ; For 1 player ; For dancinh instrument ; Scores with open instrumentation ; For 3 recorders arr ; For 3 players ; Scores featuring the recorder ; For 3 saxophones arr ; Scores featuring the dancinb ; For 2 guitars arr ; For 2 players ; Scores featuring the guitar ; For guitar arr.


ADae first appears 11th edition, Playford on the Web Robert Keller has scanned in copies of all editions of the Dancing Master and added an index.

The Dancing Master (Playford, John)

You can also find a complete facsimile of the edition here. Some people dance them because they are trying to recreate historical life.

Some pieces are written for violin with alternate scordatura tuning: Please be honorable and keep with my wishes in this matter. View at Internet archive. None [ force assignment ] First Pub lication. Ddancing compromise payford 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.

It was registered for copyright in Novemberbut the printed date on the book is you had to register your book in advance of publication.

The instructions in the Dancing Master were brief notes, so modern interpretations of those notes may well not be what was intended. What are Playford dances? 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. See a Playford family tree. And Platothat Famous Philosopher thought it meet, that yong Ingenious Children be taught to dance.

Such people should bear in mind the following points: Title The English Dancing Master [1st ed. A small portion of the music has been entered. No service charge may be applied.


The title was probably just a joke because all the best dancing masters dancjng French or, maybe, a dig at a rival French book. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.

The English Dancing Master by John Playford

To the Ingenious Reader. 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. 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.

Most dancers dance Playford dances because they enjoy them, which is a perfectly good reason. If you want to see the what Playford published go to http: I do not know if the. A project to enter Playford first edition is mostly finished! These file s are part of the Werner Icking Music Collection.