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Book/Printed Material The prompter's hand book

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  • The prompter's hand book


  • Similar to other prompter's books published during the last half of the nineteenth century, French gives instructions for calling the figures of quadrilles including examples of how the calls correlate to the music. The book also covers the calling of contra dances (progressive figure dances performed by a column of men facing a column of women).


  • French, J. A., ed

Created / Published

  • Boston, O. Ditson Co., c1893.


  • -  Country dancing--Handbooks, manuals, etc
  • -  Quadrille (Dance)--Handbooks, manuals, etc
  • -  Dance Instruction and Technical Manuals
  • -  Prompting Quadrilles


  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as facsimile page images and full text.


  • 88 p. 16 cm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • GV1767 .F87

Library of Congress Control Number

  • ca05001740

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:

French, J. A, editor. The Prompter's Hand Book. Boston, O. Ditson Co, 1893. Image.

APA citation style:

French, J. A., editor. (1893) The Prompter's Hand Book. Boston, O. Ditson Co. [Image] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

French, J. A, editor. The Prompter's Hand Book. Boston, O. Ditson Co, 1893. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.