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Living Tradition magazine
The four manuscript books presented here are, along with William Vickers' Great Northern Tunebook, some of the most important collections of English tunes of the period. Dating from the 1780s through to the 1840s, they cover the whole range of dances popular during the period. This handsome production is more of a performing edition than just a scholarly tome, so the tunes have been arranged by type - Marches, Cotillions, 3/2 Hornpipes etc, in a most practical manner. The best material gets the briefest reviews and, in short, no self-respecting performer of English dance tunes can afford to be without this volume.
English Dance and Song (journal of the EFDSS)
Now a comprehensive
selection has been published by Andy in book form, sandwiched between chapters
of excellent contextual information including family and local history, C18th
dance history, and tune source information referenced to other manuscripts,
early published dance collections and information available on the web. There
is also a history of the very silly Greensleeves dance collected from the
Winders by Sharp and a very good overview of dances and dance rhythms which all
budding tune detectives ought to read.
better tune book is published this year I shall be (a) very surprised and (b)
delighted to have two such excellent tune books appear in the same year!
Winder family came
from Wyresdale near Lancaster and formed the mainstay of
a village band from the late 1700s to the First World War. Whilst in
Scotland and Ireland, the tradition of music for village
dances is largely unbroken, in England it virtually
died out with the Industrial revolution and the Great War but
fortunately, the tune-books that were hand-copied by members of the
Winder family have come down to us and show the repertoire of country
dance and song tunes from the early 1800s
(see here for more information about the Winders)
The complete contents of four related manuscript books..
280 pages, over 600 tunes.
Background information on the tune-books, the music, dancing masters and Georgian entertainment. Extensive notes on the history of the tunes.
Price.. £20 + £3 P&P
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Folk Roots review by Vic Smith, November 3013
It would be
difficult to describe this publication without resorting to superlatives. Put
simply, it is one of the best, most important and largest collections of
English dance tunes from manuscripts to be published in recent times.
How important is this book to those who play English traditional dance tunes or to those who have a serious interest in English traditional music? The word "essential" comes to mind.
|Links to web addresses mentioned in the book:|
Airds Airs, vols 1-6. ABC files available at:
Playford's Dancing master, 2nd edition, 1651 - Online facsimile
Playford's Dancing master, 2nd edition, 1653 - Online facsimile http://www.shipbrook.com/jeff/playford/
Playford's Dancing master. complete listing of tunes from each edition
John Gay's Beggars Opera. PDF version of
Thomas Wilson's Treasures of Terpsichore, 1816
J Collingwood Bruce Northumbrian Minstrelsy. Newcastle 1882
Online PDF version of this and other relevant books at the Internet Archive
W. Chappell , Popular Music of the Olden Times (2 vols) 1860. online at: http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/popular-music-olden-times-1/
International Music Score Library Project. Free downloadable versions of many dance books including Walsh’s, Playford’s, O'Neil's and Bunting’s Ancient Music of Ireland.
National Library of Ireland. Books on Irish music & song including the full text of Grattan Flood's A History of Irish Music, 1905 and Thomas Moore's Irish melodies.
Cecil Sharpe’s Morris Book. Volume 1
Lionel Bacon’s Handbook of Morris Dances, 1974. ABC version
The Craggs of Greenbank, the diary of David Cragg who emigrated to Canada in the 1820s.
History of Dance
Streetswing. History of dancing with useful background information
Earthly delights. Useful history of western social dance.
Colonial Music Institute. Dance Figures Index: English Country Dances, 1700-1827. Extensive listing of contents of country dance collections.
The Village Music Project: Many hand written and printed tune books in ABC format. Also important articles about the context of this music and performance style
Bodleian Library: The Allegro collection of Broadside ballads.
The Fiddler’s Companion: A growing resource of information about thousands of traditional tunes. Biographies of important publishers and musicians. Listing of CDs, books and links. http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/FCfiles.html
Tunesearch. New wiki version: http://tunearch.org/wiki/TTA
ABC is a simple and intuitive text based computer code invented by Chris Walshaw. Simple free programmes for most platforms convert the code to written music and midi audio. The website has links to thousands of ABC collections across the internet and has a search engine for finding abc tunes.
The Session. Search site for (mostly Irish) tunes in ABC & discussion forum
National Library of Scotland. Search for broadside ballads
Music manuscripts etc.
US Library of Congress. Large collection of early dance instruction books
The Contemplator. Useful site with song search and lots of relevant information. http://www.contemplator.com/folk.html
Folk tune finder. Another good tune search site.
Richard Robinson’s Tunebook. Great resource of traditional music in ABC form
National Early Music Association. In-depth discussion on history of the hornpipe.
Mustrad. Wide ranging site for tunes and song history, lyrics and huge list of interesting articles.
Particularly interesting article by Greg Stevens about William Irwin, 19th century Lakeland fiddler and composer.
Pete Cooper. Articles about English fiddlers, tunes, manuscripts, publishers.
Detailed analysis of rhythms in Irish traditional music.
Useful links to online resources e.g. tune and song books.
Comprehensive resource of information about Robert Burns.
Hornpipe Music. Music book publishers. tunes from Walsh, Wright and Marsden mss.(as Three extraordinary Collections). Early bagpipe material.
The TunesABC files
The Winders of Wyresdale my original selection
John Winder Dancing Master's book 1789
HS Jackson book 1823
Edward/James Winder's book 1835
Various tunes from Lancaster and the Lakes