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Orchesography

Generally regarded as the most valuable book on 16th-century dance and music available, this volume offers detailed instructions for all of the steps involved in pavans, gavottes, galliards, and more. References to the practices of instrumental music of the 1500s appear throughout the text, in addition to 47 dance tunes with period barring and notation. 

The Complete Country Dance Tunes from Playford's Dancing Master (1651-ca.1728)

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. 

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