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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Please be honorable and keep with my wishes in this matter. See a Playford family tree.

The Dancing Master – Wikipedia

Originally these dances would have been done with a lot of fancy stepping, whereas nowadays we almost always use walking or skipping steps. External Plsyford Wikipedia article Robert Keller’s compendium.

If you want to see the what Playford published go to http: A project to enter Playford first edition is mostly finished! 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 mastwr once or twice a year is beneath him.

To the Ingenious Reader.

The Dancing Master (Playford, John)

They were dances of the educated society. 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 Contents 1 Performances 1. And Platothat Famous Philosopher thought daning meet, that yong Ingenious Children be taught to dance.


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.

The title was probably just a joke because all the mastef dancing masters were French or, maybe, a dig at a rival French book. Editor First edition of supplement. I do not know if the. Various other publishers got in on the act and books of country dances were published at playfrod intervals through to about It was registered for copyright in Novemberbut the printed date on the book is you had to register your book in advance of publication.

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

John Playford the Younger Therefore for dancng 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. This was a book of brief instructions for a hundred odd such dances.


Editor 2nd edition of the supplement. ADae first appears 11th edition, Music will be on the way as soon as have time to get it in. You can also find a complete facsimile of the edition here. No service charge may be applied. Indeed we can sometimes be convinced there are misprints so some dance descriptions are clearly wrong. None [ force assignment ] First Masyer lication.

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The English Dancing-Master

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 is a quality that has been formerly honoured in the Courts of Princes, when performed by the most Noble Heroes of the Times! Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4. 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.

A small portion of the music has been entered.