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Up a double, Siding, Arming
Country Dances, Ancient and Modern

Dances in The Country Dance Book (Part 4) (Cecil Sharp, 1916)

Table of Contents

A B C D E F G H J K L M O P S T U W

A

Aye Me ~ SharpJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
no music4 Couple Longways

B

The Beginning of the WorldJohn Playford 1670
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
no musicCircle as many as will
The Boatman ~ SharpJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
A Playford Ball
Bare Necessities
3 Couple Longways
Bump her BellyPlayford (John Young) 1710
Cecil Sharp 1916
no musicTriple Minor

C

Christ-Church Bells in OxonJohn Playford 1679
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
no musicDuple Minor
Cold and RawJohn Playford 1686
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
no musicDuple Minor
The Collier's Daughter ~ SharpPlayford (John Young) 1718
Cecil Sharp 1916
By Request
Bare Necessities
Triple Minor
The Coronation Day ~ SharpHenry Playford 1698
Cecil Sharp 1916
no musicDuple Minor

D

The Duke of Rutland's Delight (Triple)Playford (John Young) 1718
Cecil Sharp 1916
By Request
Bare Necessities
Triple Minor

E

Edinburgh CastleJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
Strong Roots
Bare Necessities
3 Couple Longways
Epsom New Wells ~ SharpPlayford (John Young) 1710
Cecil Sharp 1916
no musicTriple Minor
Every Lad His Lass ~ SharpPlayford (John Young) 1710
Cecil Sharp 1916
no musicTriple Minor

F

The Fit's Come on Me NowJohn Playford 1686
Cecil Sharp 1916
no musicDuple Minor

G

Gelding of the DevilJohn Playford 1657
Cecil Sharp 1916
no music3 Couple Circle
GreenwoodLovelace Manuscript ~1649
Cecil Sharp 1916
no music3 Couple Longways

H

Halfe Hannikin
Halfe HannikinJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp (mod) 1916 Playford Assembly
no musicCircle as many as will
Halfe Hannikin ~ SharpJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Assembly
no musicCircle as many as will
Halfe Hannikin ~ SicilianJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Assembly
no musicCircle as many as will
Harts EaseLovelace Manuscript ~1649
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
Strong Roots
Bare Necessities
Facing Couples
The Health ~ SharpJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
no music4 Couple Longways
Heart's EaseLovelace Manuscript ~1649
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
Strong Roots
Bare Necessities
Facing Couples
HeartseaseLovelace Manuscript ~1649
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
Strong Roots
Bare Necessities
Facing Couples
Hit and MisseJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
A Playford Ball
Bare Necessities
Facing Couples
Hit or MissJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
A Playford Ball
Bare Necessities
Facing Couples
The HuntsmanLovelace Manuscript ~1649
Cecil Sharp 1916
no music3 Couple Longways

J

Jacob Hall's Jig ~ SharpHenry Playford 1695
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
Simple Pleasures
Bare Necessities
Duple Minor
Jenny Come Tie My Cravat ~ SharpJohn Playford 1687
Cecil Sharp 1916
no musicTriple Minor
Jog OnLovelace Manuscript ~1649
Cecil Sharp (mod) 1916
no musicDuple Minor
Jog On, My HoneyLovelace Manuscript ~1649
Cecil Sharp (mod) 1916
no musicDuple Minor
Jogg OnLovelace Manuscript ~1649
Cecil Sharp (mod) 1916
no musicDuple Minor
The Juice of BarleyJohn Playford 1686
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
no musicDuple Minor

K

King of PolandHenry Playford 1698
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Assembly
At the Ball
Bare Necessities
Duple Minor

L

Lady Banbury's Hornpipe ~ SharpJohn Playford 1657
Cecil Sharp 1916
Colin HumeDuple Minor
Lady Mary's CourantPlayford (John Young) 1710
Cecil Sharp 1916
no musicTriple Minor
Lilli Burlero ~ SharpHenry Playford 1690
Cecil Sharp 1916
More Favorites of the Boston Centre
Bare Necessities
Duple Minor
Love Lies A'BleedingJohn Playford 1686
Cecil Sharp 1916
no musicDuple Minor

M

The Maiden's BlushPlayford (John Young) 1710
Cecil Sharp 1916
no musicTriple Minor
Maids MorrisJohn Playford 1688
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Assembly
no musicDuple Minor
The Mary and DorothyPlayford (John Young) 1726
Cecil Sharp 1916
no musicDuple Minor
The Merry Wassail ~ SharpJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
no music4 Couple Longways
Mock Hobby-HorseHenry Playford 1698
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Assembly
no musicDuple Minor
Mr. Isaac's Maggot ~ SharpHenry Playford 1695
Cecil Sharp 1916
Strong Roots
Bare Necessities
Duple Minor
My Lady Winwood's Maggot ~ SharpPlayford (John Young) 1726
Cecil Sharp 1916
Colin HumeTriple Minor
My Lady's CourantPlayford (John Young) 1710
Cecil Sharp 1916
no musicTriple Minor

O

Oaken LeavesJohn Playford 1670
Cecil Sharp 1916
no musicSquare
Orleans BaffledPlayford (John Young) 1728
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
A Playford Ball
Bare Necessities
Triple Minor

P

Picking of StickesLovelace Manuscript ~1649
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
no music3 Couple Longways
Picking Up SticksLovelace Manuscript ~1649
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
no music3 Couple Longways
Pool's Hole #1Henry Playford 1690
Cecil Sharp 1916
no musicDuple Minor
Prince Rupert's MarchJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1916
no music4 Couple Longways
Put on Thy Smock a MondayJohn Playford 1670
Cecil Sharp 1916
no music3 Couple Circle

S

Scotch CapJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
Strong Roots
Bare Necessities
3 Couple Longways
Sellenger's RoundJohn Playford 1670
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
no musicCircle as many as will
Step StatelyLovelace Manuscript ~1649
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
Colin Hume3 Couple Longways
The SymphonyJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Ball
no music4 Couple Longways

T

The Temple-ChangeHenry Playford 1698
Cecil Sharp 1916
no musicDuple Minor
A Trip to KillburnPlayford (John Young) 1718
Cecil Sharp 1916
no musicTriple Minor

U

Up Goes Ely ~ SharpPlayford (John Young) 1726
Cecil Sharp 1916
no musicTriple Minor

W

The WhimHenry Playford 1695
Cecil Sharp 1916
no musicDuple Minor
The WhirligigJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1916 Playford Assembly
no music3 Couple Longways
Number
of dances
Number
of interpretations
Number
with music
434513

SELECT htmlNotes FROM publications WHERE pub="The Country Dance Book (Part 4)";

After being disappointed by the country dances which he could find still extant in England Sharp turned his attention to the various editions of The Dancing Master — and only them, he did not publish interpretations of any later works.

Sharp clearly felt that Country Dancing fell into a decline after about 1670:

A critical examination of these successive editions (of Playford) shows that the dance degenerated very rapidly during the period covered by them, and the large number of dance-manuals subsequently issued by Walsh, Thompson, Waylett, and others furthermore proves that this decline continued during the two following centuries...
—Cecil Sharp, The Country Dance Book part 5, 1918, p. 9

I'm not sure what his metrics were for this decline, but he was convinced of it. Perhaps he just didn't like duple or triple minor dances?

Dealing with Playford's text presents challenges which do not arise when you record a living tradition. Playford is sometimes consise to the point of obscurity, he did not seem to employ a proof reader and there are mistakes in his text (in that the figures he describe don't work together, or don't fit the music, etc.), and finally he used words whose meanings have now been lost.

Sharp had to do his best to figure out what was meant from these descriptions. And he did an amazingly good job of it too. Not always perfect. Now with 100 years of hindsight we know things he didn't, but if he hadn't started we won't have that hindsight.

Playford frequently says "Sides all". What does that mean? The concept of siding had died out in the Country Dance tradition around 1700 (the last Playford dance that used it was in 1670) and no one in England in 1900 knew. Sharp came up with an interpretation, and later in his life a different interpretation. We don't know if either is correct.

Or take the word "salute" Sharp interprets that as "honour" — which certainly fits the modern meaning of the word (a respectful greeting). But the Lovelace Manuscript makes it clear that "salute" meant "kiss" on the dance floor.

Look at Row well ye mariners, Playford describes the dance as:

Lead up a D. forwards and back · That again : First man two slips cross the Room one way, the woman the other · Back again to your places : Fall back both · Meet again : Clap both your own hands, then clap each other's right-hands against one another's; clap both your own hands again, then clap left-hands, then clap both hands again, then clap your breasts, then meet both your hands against one-another · The same again, only clap left-hands first :

First man sides with the next wo. and his wo. with the next man, doing the like till you come to your own places, the rest following and doing the same.
The dance consists of two 16 bar parts. The first is well defined, but for the second we have only that people should "side" (whatever that is) with their neighbors and then (somehow) progress. Now siding is a move which takes 4 bars and leaves one where one started. It does not progress and it leaves 12 bars of music unaccounted for.

Sharp faced all these challenges and presented us with well over 100 danceable reinterpretations of Playford.

The various parts of the Country Dance Book are:

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