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The Society of Folk Dance Historians (SFDH)

Playford Dances
By Marshal Baron

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BACKGROUND

Information: A dance category.

See also Country Dance.

Region: England


MUSIC

Arrangements of parts:

Song texts:

Pills to Purge Melancholy – 1719
Claude Simpson. The British Broadside Ballad and Its Music (Rutgers University Press, 1966).

On-Line Publication of The Dancing Master, 1651-1728: An Illustrated Compendium

The reference work, by Robert M. Keller, has been published in cooperation with the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and the New Hampshire Library for Traditional Music and Dance (NHLTMD). This publication is the first of its kind, which lists all of the dances published in The Dancing Master, as well as facsimiles of each "unique" dance. Uniqueness has been defined as similar Title, Music and Dance Figures.

The Compendium comprises a database of all the known country dances, published in the various editions of The Dancing Master, by John Playford, Henry Playford and John Young, from 1651-1728, in London. The 24 editions in three volumes eventually encompassed 1,053 unique dances with their music. Many were copied from one edition to the next so that the entire contents, with duplicates, amounts to 6,217 dances, including 186 tunes without dances and 3 songs.


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