The Complete Country Dance Tunes (Playford's Dancing Master)


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Media: Sheet Music
Arrangement: Melody Line (ML)
Skill Level: Intermediate - Explain this
Catalogue #: 0571507239
ISBN: 9780571507238
This Item Earns 31 Musicroom Points

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Playford's The Dancing Master is the classic compendium of English country dance tunes. First published in 1651 it went through eighteen editions in almost 80 years. In its day it was the most popular collection of its kind and engendered numerous imitations. The tunes selected by Playford and his successors were taken from many sources and demonstrate the extraordinary richness and vitality of popular melody in England during the late 17th and early 18th centuries. This book brings together, for the first time under one cover, 535 tunes and their variants from the eighteen original editions. It provides a fund of musical material for performers, whether folk musicians or baroque instrumentalists, and for class and instrumental music teachers. It is also an invaluable reference book for anyone interested in the history of English music.



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Customer Rating I recommend this book to traditional musicians everywhere.

I bought it mostly for interest's sake, since I am not a trained musiacian, and play by ear.

It has a wealth of background information, for those interested in such, including a history of the publications and dates for the tunes.

It is ideal as both a work of reference, and as a record of all the tunes Playford published.

I do not read music very well, so from a layman's point of view, I cannot fault it, and take it on trust that there are no errors in the musical notation.

It is A4, the right size for the music stand too.

Perfect in every way.

Peter Leonard


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Customer Rating The Complete Country Dance Tunes, Playford, is a book of 535 short pieces with useful explanatory notes at the beginning of the book.
Musicroom offers a first class service and the book arrived the day after I ordered it.
John

Customer Rating An excellent and well-respected publication, delivered promptly, and in pristine condition.
Anon.

Customer Rating The book has 535 tunes from the seventeenth century and is a great library to draw on. The publication is well known but not easy to come by. For period musicians I would recommend it.
P&M Drum Beater


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Sales Rank: Not specified
Published on: 03/12/1985
Format: Mixed Songbook
Length: 136 pages
Language: English
Publisher: Faber Music
Editor: Jeremy Barlow

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