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Book/Printed Material The dancing-master; or, Directions for dancing country-dances, with the tunes to each dance, for the treble-violin. Vol. the 2d Directions for dancing country-dances

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Title

  • The dancing-master; or, Directions for dancing country-dances, with the tunes to each dance, for the treble-violin. Vol. the 2d

Other Title

  • Directions for dancing country-dances

Summary

  • Originally published in 1650 under the title of The English dancing master, this work went through numerous editions from 1652 to 1728, first by John Playford (1623-1686?), then by Henry Playford, and, after 1706, by the publisher John Young. The treatise is considered an important work on English country dance, a form of dance where couples perform a series of set patterns. The work utilizes a rudimentary dance notation, and page one of the treatise is devoted to an explanation of the symbols. Each of the 360 dances contained in this last edition is given appropriate music, in the form of a treble line. Most of the dances are designated for longways sets of three couples, four couples, or "as many as will."

Names

  • Playford, John, 1623-1686?

Created / Published

  • London, Printed by W. Pearson and sold by J. Young, 1728.

Headings

  • -  Country-dances (Music)
  • -  Dance--England--Handbooks, manuals, etc.--Early works to 1800
  • -  Violin music
  • -  Dance Instruction and Technical Manuals
  • -  Music for Dance
  • -  Notation for Dance

Notes

  • -  First ed. published 1650 by John Playford under title: The English dancing-master.
  • -  ESTC T168786
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images.

Medium

  • 360 p. 12 x 21 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • MT950 .P68 1728

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 45027913

Online Format

  • image

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Credit Line: Library of Congress, Music Division.

Video Performers

Performers for the October 1997 Great Hall event: Dancers

Members of The Jonquil Street Foundation, Inc. Ariane Anthony, Thomas Baird, Barbara Barr, Patricia Beaman, Christopher Caines, Charles Garth, James Martin, Maris Wolff. Musicians - members of The Library of Congress Centennial Cotillion Brass Band, Emerson Head and Robert Sheldon, Leaders (Members, Metro Washington D.C. Federation of Musicians Local 161-710, AFM.)

Performers for the Coolidge Auditorium clips: Dancers

Cheryl Stafford and Thomas Baird. Musicians - Boris Gurevitch (piano), Susan Manus (violin).

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Chicago citation style:

Playford, John, ?. The dancing-master; or, Directions for dancing country-dances, with the tunes to each dance, for the treble-violin. Vol. the 2d. London, Printed by W. Pearson and sold by J. Young, 1728. Image. https://www.loc.gov/item/45027913/.

APA citation style:

Playford, J. (1728) The dancing-master; or, Directions for dancing country-dances, with the tunes to each dance, for the treble-violin. Vol. the 2d. London, Printed by W. Pearson and sold by J. Young. [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/45027913/.

MLA citation style:

Playford, John, ?. The dancing-master; or, Directions for dancing country-dances, with the tunes to each dance, for the treble-violin. Vol. the 2d. London, Printed by W. Pearson and sold by J. Young, 1728. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/45027913/>.