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  • The presidents march: a new federal song

    sheet music | 2 p. | Also contains a version of Yankee Doodle. Sheet Music (Form).

    • Contributor: G. Willig
    • Original Format: Notated Music
    • Date: 1798

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  • A new version of the psalms of David

    405 p. |

    • Contributor: Brady, Nicholas - Tate, Nahum
    • Original Format: Notated Music - Books
    • Date: 1767

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  • Orchesography; or, The art of dancing by characters and demonstrative figures. Wherein the whole art is explain'd; with compleat tables of all steps us'd in dancing, and rules for the motions of ...

    Originally published in Paris by Raoul-Auger Feuillet under the title Chorégraphie ... (1700), this translation by English dancing master and theoretician John Weaver is dedicated to famed choreographer, Mr. Issac. The manual details a dance notation system that indicates placement of the feet and basic leg movements. Changes of body direction and numerous ornamentations of the legs and arms are also part of the ...

    • Contributor: Feuillet, Raoul Auger - Weaver, John - Isaac - Printed For, & Sold by Ino. Walsh
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1715

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  • A cotilion [sic]

    Book. print | fold. pl. 28 x 23 cm. | A continuous strip mounted on linen (26 1/2 x 208 cm) folded, accordion fashion, to form 10 leaves. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images. (Additional Physical Form). Print (Form). Electronic Resource (Form). Remote (Form).

    • Contributor: S. W. Fores - Kingsbury, W. H.
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1788
  • Trattato del ballo nobile,

    Part one of this text consists of thirty-four chapters devoted to instructions for steps required in Italian Baroque dance including pirola (pirouette), sfuggito (echappé), passo unite (assemblé), and cadente (tombé). Each step is fully described and notated in Feuillet notation, the dance notation system first published by French choreographer Raoul-Auger Feuillet in 1700. The second part of the manual contains six chapters devoted to ...

    • Contributor: Dufort, Giovanni Battista - Nella Stamperia DI F. Mosca
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1728

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  • The continental harmony containing, a number of anthems, fuges, and chorusses, in several parts : never before published

    print | 1 score (199 p.) ; 14 x 23 cm. | composed by William Billings ... (Statement Of Responsibility). Includes index. LC copy 1 imperfect: pages between the t.p. verso and p. vii wanting. Evans, 26673 (Citation/Reference). RISM, A/I/1, B2655 (Citation/Reference). Print (Form).

    • Contributor: By Isaiah Thomas and Ebenezer T. Andrews, Sold at Their Bookstore - By Said Thomas in Worcester, and by the Booksellers in Boston, and Elsewhere - Billings, William - John Davis Batchelder Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Notated Music
    • Date: 1794

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  • Boston patriotic song [Adams and liberty]

    Lyrics only -- tune called for is "To Anacreon in Heaven." Printed in "A collection of songs" (Charles Dibdin, compiler?), pages 326-328.

    • Contributor: J. Bioren for H. & P. Rice - [Paine Jr., Robert Treat]
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1799

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  • Adams and liberty

    "Adams and liberty" is written to the tune of the Anacreontic song, and this is believed to be the first American book publication of the music of that song. Published in "The American musical miscellany," pages 211-218. Author was christened Thomas Paine, and changed his name after the piece was published.

    • Contributor: A. Wright, for D. Wright and Company - [Smith, John Stafford?] - [Paine Jr., Robert Treat]
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1798

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  • Schriftsmässige Beantwortung der Frage: Was von dem weltüblichen Tanzen und Spielen zu halten sey und ob es nicht mit zur Christlichen Freyheit gehöre?

    This manual is an early German example of the literature against the practice of dancing. In this case, Bogatzky (1690-1774) compares gambling with dancing, and asks the reader to consider these practices in the context of Scripture, especially the Ten Commandments.

    • Contributor: Bogatzky, Carl Heinrich Von - Im Verlag Des Wäysenhauses
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1750

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  • The Anacreontic song

    sheet music | 3 p., 13 x 9 3/4 in. | "As sung at the Crown and Anchor Tavern in the Strand." First edition. Sheet Music (Form).

    • Contributor: Longman and Broderip - [Smith, John Stafford] - Tomlinson, Ralph
    • Original Format: Notated Music
    • Date: 1779

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  • The Anacreontick Song

    It is this edition from which most claims of Smith's authorship of the tune come. While it is accepted that he did the arrangement for the tune, other initial sources for the melody have been given as an old hunting song or traditional bar song. Published in "A fifth book of canzonets, catches, canons & glees, sprightly and plaintive, with a part for the ...

    • Contributor: "Printed for the Author" - Smith, John Stafford - [Tomlinson, Ralph]
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1799

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  • Chorégraphie, ou L'art de décrire la dance par caracteres, figures et signes desmonstratifs, avec lesquels on apprend facilement de soy même toutes sortes de dances.

    Originally published in 1700, this manual details a dance notation system that indicates the placement of the feet and six basic leg movements: plié, releveé, sauté, cabriole, tombé, and glissé. Changes of body direction and numerous ornamentations of the legs and arms are also part of the system. The system is based on tract drawings that trace the pattern of the dance. Additionaly, bar ...

    • Contributor: Feuillet, Raoul Auger - Dezais, Jacques - Chez Le Sr Dezais
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1713

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  • Recüeil de contredances mises en chorégraphie, d'une maniére si aisée, que toutes personnes peuvent facilement les apprendre, sans le secours d'aucun maître et même sans avoir en aucune connoissance de la chorégraphie.

    This is the first manual to be published in France that describes English country dances. Called contredanses (also spelled contredance) in France. The manual describes motions for the feet and arms, how the dance corresponds to the music, and rules for performance. Additionally, floor plans and music for ten dances are given. Feuillet also suggests appropriate steps. Performed as a series of figures by ...

    • Contributor: Feuillet, Raoul Auger - L'Auteur
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1706

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  • A treatise on the art of dancing.

    Originally published in 1762 and reissued in 1765, this work borrows heavily from previously published materials, including the works of Locke, Goldini, and especially John Weaver's 1712 An Essay towards a history of dancing. Gallini (1728-1805) presents a history of dance, arguments for learning the art of dance, and a discourse on the minuet. Especialy interesting are Gallini's comments on European and non-European dance, ...

    • Contributor: Gallini, Giovanni Andrea - Printed for the Author and Sold by R. Dodsley [Etc.]
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1772

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  • The princess Mr. Isaac's new dance made for Her Majestys birth day ; engraven in characters & figures for the use of masters

    Book. print | [10] leaves : ill., music ; 29 cm. (fol.) | "The princess by Mr. Isack"--Leaf [2]. LC copy imperfect: t.p. wanting. Title supplied from Catalogue of printed music in the British Library to 1980. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images. (Additional Physical Form). Print (Form). Electronic Resource (Form). Remote (Form).

    • Contributor: Printed for I. Walsh & I. Hare - Isaac (Mr) - Isaac
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1710

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  • The psalm-singer's amusement containing a number of fuging pieces and anthems

    print | 1 score (104 p.) ; 12 x 20 cm. | composed by William Billings ... (Statement Of Responsibility). Includes index. RISM, A/I/1, B 2653 (Citation/Reference). Print (Form).

    • Contributor: Printed and Sold by the Author - Billings, William
    • Original Format: Notated Music
    • Date: 1781

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  • The Suffolk harmony consisting of psalm tunes, fuges, and anthems

    print | 1 score ([2], 56, 8, 8 p.) ; 12 x 21 cm. | composed by William Billings ... (Statement Of Responsibility). "An anthem for Easter": p. 1-8 (3rd group); "An anthem. Psalm 127": p. 1-8 (4th group). RISM, a/I/1, B 2654 (Citation/Reference). Print (Form).

    • Contributor: Engraved and Printed by J. Norman, for the Author - Billings, William
    • Original Format: Notated Music
    • Date: 1786

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  • Prima, e seconda memoria per servire alla istoria del ballo degli antichi,

    In this history of dance, Burette (1665-1747) presents an extensive discussion on Greek and Roman dance, basing his information on literary references such as the Iliad and authors such as Lucian. Included in the discussion are tragic and serious ballet, satire, and pantomime. While this text illuminates the importance of Greek and Roman influence on the arts of the mid-eighteenth century, modern dance scholars ...

    • Contributor: Burette, (Pierre Jean) - Burette - Burette, (Pierre Jean) (M)
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1746

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  • The singing master's assistant, or, Key to practical music being an abridgement from the New-England psalm-singer; together with several other tunes, never before published

    print | 1 score (32, 104 p.) ; 12 x 20 cm. | composed by William Billings ... (Statement Of Responsibility). "Engrav'd by Benja. Pierpont Junr. Roxbury 1778"--Colophon. "Encomium on music": p. [31]-32 (1st group). Includes index. RISM, A/I/1, B 2647 (Citation/Reference). Print (Form).

    • Contributor: Printed by Draper and Folsom - Billings, William
    • Original Format: Notated Music
    • Date: 1778

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  • Seven [i.e. eight] songs for the harpsichord or forte-piano

    sheet music | [15] l. 24 x 35 cm. | Sheet Music (Form). Print (Form).

    • Contributor: Published by T. Dobson, I. Aitken - Hopkinson, Francis
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1788

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  • To Anacreon, in heav'n

    First book printing of both the poem and the tune of the Anacreontic song. There is reasonable historical doubt about John Stafford Smith's actual composition of the melody. Published in "The vocal enchantress," pages 336-338.

    • Contributor: J. Fielding - [Smith, John Stafford?] - [Tomlinson, Ralph]
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1783

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  • Divine songs

    114 p. |

    • Contributor: Wood, Abraham
    • Original Format: Notated Music - Books
    • Date: 1728

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  • The scholars companion containing a choice collection of cotillons & country-dances

    Book. print | 16 p. ; 16 cm. (8vo) | Signatures: [A]♯ B♯. The foot of the title-page is torn off, and the date as given above is supplied in pencil. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images and full text. (Additional Physical Form). Print (Form). Electronic Resource (Form). Remote (Form).

    • Contributor: Printed by D. Bowen, at the Columbian Museum Press, for the Author - Fraisier, M. J. C.
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1796

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  • Music of Francis Hopkinson

    sheet music | 36 p. of ms. music ; 24 x 31 cm. | Title from slipcase spine. In ink, in the hand of Francis Hopkinson. Songs, vocal duets, harpsichord music, and one violin duet. Composed by Hopkinson and various other composers, chiefly James Bremner. The vocal music with ground bass, in part figured. "To tune the harpsichord--FH"--Tipped in page. English words. acquire 1 ...

    • Contributor: Hopkinson, Francis - Marian S. Carson Collection (Library of Congress)
    • Original Format: Notated Music
    • Date: 178?

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  • Recueil de dances,

    With his Chorégraphie, ou L'art de décrire la dance par caractères ... Paris, 1713. Engraved throughout. Full-page diagrams; at head of each diagram, the tune for the dance figure is represented. Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images.

    • Contributor: Feuillet, Raoul Auger - L'Auteur
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1709

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