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

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

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Media: Sheet Music
Arrangement: Soprano (Descant) Recorder/Alto (Treble) Recorder (DESC REC/TREC)
Skill Level: Intermediate - Explain this
Catalogue #: 0571507239
ISBN: 9780571507238


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.

The Complete Country Dance Tunes (Playford's Dancing Master) reviews verified by reevooReevoo

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Scores 8.7 out of 10 based on 3 reviews
9 out of 10


Contains all the tunes!
Be aware that there is no chording.
Confirmed purchase: 04 June 2015
Published on: 18 June 2015
10 out of 10


Leighton Buzzard GB keen amateur
Discovering all the familiar tunes we have grown up with, plus finding many more. Excellent historical information.
Confirmed purchase: 01 August 2014
Published on: 15 August 2014
7 out of 10


Cheshire GB I am a fiddler.
Has many tunes.
Some tunes are plain boring. It is more a reference book than a playlist.
Confirmed purchase: 07 April 2014
Published on: 21 June 2014

Musicroom Reviews

Rating Review
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


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.

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

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.
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More Product Details

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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