Playfords The Dancing Master for Piano

Playfords The Dancing Master for Piano

A selection of dances from the celebrated manual published by John Playford (1623-1686) in 1651 arranged by Cecil Sharp. Playford’s book, which contains both melodies and instructions for dance movements, remains popular to this day

1.   Upon a Summer's Day (from Playford's English Da...

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John Playford (1623–1686/7) was a publisher and occasional composer who is today best remembered for his book 'The English Dancing Master' (1651). It is a collection of country dance tunes together with dance instructions. The first volume was made to be physically small so that dancers could hide the fact that they were cribbing from it. The book became extremely popular, eventually being expanded to 3 volumes, with the 18th and final edition published in 1728. 'Upon a Summer's Day' is one of the most popular dances from the collection, still performed and played today.



Upon a Summer's Day (from Playford's English Da...


2.   Mr Beveridge's Maggot from John Playford's '...



Mr Beveridge's Maggot from John Playford's '...


3.   Prince Rupert's March from John Playford's '...



Prince Rupert's March from John Playford's '...


4.   Newcastle from John Playford's 'Dancing Master&...



Newcastle from John Playford's 'Dancing Master&...


5.   Grimstock from John Playford's 'Dancing Master&...



Grimstock from John Playford's 'Dancing Master&...


6.   Sellenger's Round from John Playford's 'Dan...



Sellenger's Round from John Playford's 'Dan...


7.   Parson's Farewell from John Playford's 'Dan...



Parson's Farewell from John Playford's 'Dan...


8.   The Black Nag from John Playford's 'Dancing Mas...



The Black Nag from John Playford's 'Dancing Mas...


9.   Jenny Pluck Pears, from John Playford's 'Dancin...



Jenny Pluck Pears, from John Playford's 'Dancin...


10.   Gathering Peascods from John Playford's 'Dancin...



Gathering Peascods from John Playford's 'Dancin...