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

Dances in The Country Dance Book (Part 6) (Cecil Sharp, 1922)

Table of Contents

A B C D E F G H I J L M N O P Q R S U W

A

Apley House ~ SharpHenry Playford 1702
Cecil Sharp 1922 Playford Ball
Brett LarsenDuple Minor

B

The BritainsHenry Playford 1696
Cecil Sharp 1922
no musicDuple Minor
Bury Fair ~ SharpHenry Playford 1696
Cecil Sharp 1922
Favorites of the Boston Centre
Bare Necessities
Triple Minor

C

Childgrove
Childgrove ~ SharpHenry Playford 1701
Cecil Sharp 1922 Playford Ball
A Playford Ball
Bare Necessities
Duple Minor
Childgrove ~ Sharp (mod)Henry Playford 1701
Cecil Sharp (mod) 1922
A Playford Ball
Bare Necessities
Duple Minor
The Country FarmerHenry Playford 1702
Cecil Sharp 1922
no musicDuple Minor
Crosbey Square ~ SharpHenry Playford 1701
Cecil Sharp 1922
no musicDuple Minor

D

Dick's Maggot
Dick's Maggot ~ Sharp, 16barsHenry Playford 1702
Cecil Sharp 1922 Playford Ball
Colin HumeDuple Minor
Dick's Maggot ~ Sharp, 24 barsHenry Playford 1702
Cecil Sharp 1922
no musicDuple Minor
Dissembling LoveJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1922
no music3 Couple Longways
Drive the Cold Winter Away ~ SharpJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1922
Colin Hume4 Couple Longways

E

Epping ForestJohn Playford 1670
Cecil Sharp 1922 Playford Ball
At Home
Bare Necessities
3 Couple Circle

F

Fourpence, Ha'penny, Farthing #1John Playford 1688
Cecil Sharp 1922
Mrs. Beveridge's Triumph
Bare Necessities
Duple Minor
The Friar in the WellJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1922 Playford Ball
no music6 Couple Longways
From AberdeenHenry Playford 1698
Cecil Sharp 1922 Playford Assembly
More Favorites of the Boston Centre
Bare Necessities
Triple Minor
Fy, Nay, Prithee JohnHenry Playford 1703
Cecil Sharp 1922
no musicDuple Minor

G

The Geud Man of Ballangigh ~ SharpHenry Playford 1696
Cecil Sharp 1922 Playford Ball
A Playford Ball
Bare Necessities
Duple Minor
Greenwich Park - PlayfordHenry Playford 1698
Cecil Sharp 1922 Playford Ball
no musicDuple Minor

H

Hunt the Squirrel ~ 1709Playford (John Young) 1709
Cecil Sharp (mod) 1922
A Playford Ball
Bare Necessities
Triple Minor

I

Indian QueenHenry Playford 1701
Cecil Sharp 1922 Playford Ball
A Playford Ball
Bare Necessities
Duple Minor

J

The Jack's FarewellHenry Playford 1698
Cecil Sharp 1922
no musicDuple Minor
Jack's MaggotHenry Playford 1702
Cecil Sharp 1922 Playford Ball
Favorites of the Boston Centre
Bare Necessities
Duple Minor
Jack-a-LentJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1922
no music3 Couple Longways
The Jockey #1John Playford 1688
Cecil Sharp 1922
Mrs. Beveridge's Triumph
Bare Necessities
Duple Minor

L

The Lost HeartJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1922
no music3 Couple Longways
Love NeglectedPlayford (John Young) 1709
Cecil Sharp 1922
no musicDuple Minor

M

Mad RobinJohn Playford 1687
Cecil Sharp 1922 Playford Ball
A Playford Ball
Bare Necessities
Duple Minor
The Maid in the MoonJohn Playford 1670
Cecil Sharp 1922
no music3 Couple Circle
The Maid Peept out at the WindowJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1922 Playford Ball
no music6 Couple Longways
Mall Peatly ~ SharpJohn Playford 1670
Cecil Sharp 1922
no music4 Couple Longways
Mill-FieldJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1922
no musicSquare
Mr. Beveridge's Maggot ~ SharpHenry Playford 1695
Cecil Sharp 1922 Playford Ball
A Playford Ball
Bare Necessities
Duple Minor
Mr. Eaglesfield's New Hornpipe ~ SharpHenry Playford 1696
Cecil Sharp 1922
no musicDuple Minor
Mr. Englesfield's New HornpipeHenry Playford 1696
Cecil Sharp 1922
no musicDuple Minor
The Mulberry GardenJohn Playford 1670
Cecil Sharp 1922 Playford Assembly
At the Ball
Bare Necessities
Duple Minor
MundesseJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1922
Old Friends
MGM and Reunion
3 Couple Circle
My Lady Foster's DelightHenry Playford 1702
Cecil Sharp 1922
no musicDuple Minor
My Lord Byron's Maggot ~ SharpHenry Playford 1701
Cecil Sharp 1922
no musicDuple Minor

N

Never Love Thee More ~ SharpJohn Playford 1679
Cecil Sharp (mod) 1922 Playford Assembly
At the Ball
Bare Necessities
Duple Minor
The Night PieceJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1922
no music3 Couple Longways permutation: 231
Nowill HillsPlayford (John Young) 1709
Cecil Sharp 1922
no musicDuple Minor

O

Old Noll's Jig ~ SharpHenry Playford 1702
Cecil Sharp 1922
Colin HumeDuple Minor

P

Parson upon Dorothy ~ SharpJohn Playford 1652
Cecil Sharp 1922
no music4 Couple Longways
Pepper's BlackJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp (mod) 1922
no musicCircle as many as will
Portsmouth ~ SharpHenry Playford 1701
Cecil Sharp 1922 Playford Ball
no musicDuple Minor
The Princess 1701 ~ SharpHenry Playford 1701
Cecil Sharp 1922
By Choice
Bare Necessities
Duple Minor

Q

The Queen's Birthday ~ SharpHenry Playford 1703
Cecil Sharp 1922
no musicDuple Minor
The Queen's JigHenry Playford 1701
Cecil Sharp 1922 Playford Ball
A Playford Ball
Bare Necessities
Duple Minor

R

Rose is White, and Rose is RedLovelace Manuscript ~1649
Cecil Sharp (mod) 1922
no musicCircle as many as will permutation: 456123
Roses White, and Roses RedLovelace Manuscript ~1649
Cecil Sharp (mod) 1922
no musicCircle as many as will permutation: 456123
The RoundHenry Playford 1701
Cecil Sharp 1922 Playford Ball
A Playford Ball
Bare Necessities
Duple Minor
Round OHenry Playford 1703
Cecil Sharp 1922
no musicTriple Minor

S

Sage Leaf ~ SharpJohn Playford 1670
Cecil Sharp (mod) 1922
no musicSquare
Saturday Night and Sunday MornJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1922
no musicDuple Minor
The Shaking of the SheetsJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1922
no music3 Couple Longways permutation: 231
The Shepherd's DaughterJohn Playford 1652
Cecil Sharp 1922
no music4 Couple Longways
The Siege of LimerickHenry Playford 1695
Cecil Sharp 1922 Playford Assembly
no musicDuple Minor
Sion HouseJohn Playford 1686
Cecil Sharp 1922 Playford Assembly
Strong Roots
Bare Necessities
Duple Minor
Slaughter HouseHenry Playford 1702
Cecil Sharp 1922 Playford Assembly
no musicDuple Minor
The SlipJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1922
no music4 Couple Longways

U

Up With AilyHenry Playford 1703
Cecil Sharp 1922
More Favorites of the Boston Centre
Bare Necessities
Duple Minor

W

The WhishJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1922
no music3 Couple Longways
The WishJohn Playford 1651
Cecil Sharp 1922
no music3 Couple Longways
Number
of dances
Number
of interpretations
Number
with music
525424

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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