The Playford Ball, 103 Early English Country Dances
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 - Amarillis - Apley House - Argeers - 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 - Childgrove - Christchurch Bells - Confess - 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 - Grimstock - Hambleton's Round O - The Health; or, The Merry Wassail - Heartsease - 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 - Jamaica - 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 Fiar 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 - Newcastle - 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 - Portsmouth - 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 are's Maggot - Upon a Summer's Day - Well Hall - Zephyrs and Flora.