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The Playford Ball, 103 Early English Country Dances PB-bk

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The Playford Ball, 103 Early English Country Dances
by Kate Van Winkle Keller and Genevieve Shimer
Northampton, MA: The Country Dance and Song Society, 1990. 2nd edition

120 pages   PB-bk

. . . outstanding work . . . a model of concise accuracy. . . the authors are pioneers and have opened a door through which others should pass."   –Tom Cook

"This is the best compendium of country dances I've yet come across . . . you will find this book as useful as I have . . . I commend it to your purchase." –Sion Andreas o Wynedd

The Playford Ball is a landmark collection of the classic dances originally published by John Playford in The English Dancing Master (1651) and other 17th and 18th century dance publications. For the first time, dance lovers and scholars can compare Playford's original tunes and instructions with the changes that have been made over the last two centuries.
        Music is chorded and each dance given in modern instructions with facsimiles of original dance and music pages. Brief essays describe meaning or references; if extant, song lyrics set to the tune are reproduced. Over 150 period illustrations of persons, places, and things referred to in the dance titles are included. An extensive bibliography supports the documentation for every dance and tune.
        The dances selected for this collection represent the core repertory of the Country Dance and Society Society from 1915 through 1990. The purpose of the book was an appreciation for the legacy of Cecil Sharp, for his accomplishment in reviving interest in English country dancing and bring the world's attention to the works of John Playford and his successors. With the extensive facsimiles, source materials and dance and tune reconstructions, the text provides a valuable resource for those interested in reconstructing colonial American social dance.

Adson's Saraband to the tune of The New Exchange
Apley House
Auretti's Dutch Skipper
Aye Me; or The Symphony
Bath Carnival to the tune of Keppel's Delight
The Beggar Boy
The Bishop to the tune of Miss Dolland's Delight
The Black Nag
The Boatman
Broom, the Bonny Bonny Broom
Chelmsford Assembly
Chelsea Reach
Chestnut; or Dove's Figary
Christchurch Bells
The Corporation to the tune of Fete Champetre
Cotty House
Dargason; or, Sedany
Dick's Maggot
Dover Pier
Drapers Gardens to the tune of The Margravine's Waltz
Draper's Maggot
The Dressed Ship
Dublin Bay; or, We'll Wed and We'll Bed
The Duke of Kent's Waltz
Epping Forest
Fain I Would
The Fair Quaker of Deal
The Fandango
The Female Saylor
The Fine Companion
Gathering Peascods
The Geud Man of Ballangigh to the tune of Hunt the Squirrel
Greenwich Park
Green Sleeves and Yellow Lace
Hambleton's Round O
The Health; or, The Merry Wassail
Hey, Boys, Up Go We
Hit and Miss to the tune of Daphne
Holborne March
The Hole in the Wall
Hunsdon House
Hyde Park
Indian Queen
The Installation
Jack's Maggot
Jacob Hall's Jig to the tune of Under and Over
Jenny Pluck Pears
Joy after Sorrow
Juice of Barley
Kelstern Gardens
Knole Park
Lilli Burlero
Love's Triumph
Lull Me Beyond Thee
Mad Robin
Mage on a Cree
Maid Peeped Out At the Window; or, The Friar in the Well
The Merry, Merry Milkmaids
Miss Sayer's Allemand
Miss Sparks's Maggot
Mr. Beveridge's Maggot
Mr. Cosgill's Delight
Mr. Isaac's Maggot
Nonesuch; or, A la Mode de France
The Northdown Waltz
The Old Mole
Once a Night to the tune of Ye Social Powers
Oranges and Lemons
Parson's Farewell
The Phoenix
Picking Up Sticks to the tune of Lavena
Prince William
Prince William of Glo's'ter's Waltz
The Queen's Jig
Ramsgate Assembly
The Round to the tune of Mr. Lane's Maggot
Rufty Tufty
Saint Margaret's Hill
Saint Martin's
Scotch Cap
Sellenger's Round; or, The Beginning of the World
Shepherd's Holiday; or, Labour in Vain
The Shrewsbury Lasses
Spring Garden
Step Stately to the tune of  Jack Pudding
Sun Assembly
The Touchstone
A Trip to Paris
A Trip to Tunbridge
Up with Aily to the tune of The Hare's Maggot
Upon a Summer's Day
Well Hall
Zephyrs and Flora




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