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The Complete Country Dance Tunes
From Playford's Dancing Master Sheet Music Book

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Violin - Intermediate
From Playford's Dancing Master. Edited by Jeremy Barlow. Series; Solo; Solo Small Ensembles; String - Violin Studies or Collection. Faber Edition. Folk; Multicultural. Book. 136 pages. Faber Music #12-0571507239. Published by Faber Music (AP.12-0571507239).

Item Number: AP.12-0571507239

ISBN 9780571507238. English.

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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