18th Century Music & Dance

MUSIC DANCE



The Music Lesson by I. Sabatini, (1484-1530)


18th Century Music

The Road to Lisdoonvarna/Dusty Windowsills by Scott Williams from the album The Road to Lisdoonvarna

Soldier's Joy and Liberty by The Jolly Rogues from the album 14 miles to Boston

Scarborough Faire by Scott Williams from the album The Road to Lisdoonvarna

The Irish Washerwoman by Boann's Clan from the album Jigs & Reels

Haste to the Wedding by Vivian Williams & Phil Williams from the album Fiddle Tunes of the Lewis & Clark Era
Another version of Haste to the Wedding by Minstrosity from the album Minstrosity

Miss Mcleod's Reel by Vivian Williams & Phil Williams from the album Fiddle Tunes of the Lewis & Clark Era

New Rigged Ship by Vivian Williams & Phil Williams from the albumFiddle Tunes of the Lewis & Clark Era

The Country Courtship by Vivian Williams & Phil Williams from the albumFiddle Tunes of the Lewis & Clark Era

Yankee Doodle by Vivian Williams & Phil Williams from the albumFiddle Tunes of the Lewis & Clark Era

Greensleeves by Sally Fletcher< from the album Angels Awakening/p>

Fisher's Hornpipe/Rights of Man by The Itinerant Band from the album Jefferson and Liberty

La Bastringue by The Itinerant Band from the album Jefferson and Liberty

Smash the Windows(Roaring Jelly)/Kesh Jig/Tenpenny Bit by The Itinerant Band from the album Jefferson and Liberty

The New Bath Minuet by Daivd & Ginger Hildebrand from the album Over the Hills and Far Away

Hob or Nob/Andrew Cary by Sara & Maynard Johnson with Rogues' Consort from the album Pass'd Times: Popular Music of the Revolutionary Era

Nancy Dawson by Sara & Maynard Johnson with Rogues' Consort from the album Pass'd Times: Popular Music of the Revolutionary Era

Peas Upon A Trencher by Sara & Maynard Johnson with Rogues' Consort from the album Pass'd Times: Popular Music of the Revolutionary Era

Planxty Connor/Bumper Squire Jones by Sara & Maynard Johnson with Rogues' Consort from the album Pass'd Times: Popular Music of the Revolutionary Era

Roast Beef of Old England by Sara & Maynard Johnson with Rogues' Consort from the album Pass'd Times: Popular Music of the Revolutionary Era

The Great Hall/The Sussex Waltz by Alma

The Virginia Reel (19th century) from the album Sackett's Harbor



18th Century Dance

Dances We've Already Tried

Some dances from The Gentleman & Ladies Companion, 1798:

The New Pompe Room, and The Young Widow

The German Spa

Washington's Reel

The Irish Washerwoman, the Maid of the Oak, and the Merry-go-round

This next dance is from The Dancing Master, Volume the 2nd: The Female Tatler

These next instructions for the Yankee Doodle are adapted from the instructions found in Colonial Social Dancing for Children.

Another set of instructions for the Yankee Doodle from The Colonial Music Institute(tm).

These are instructions for a VERY SIMPLE minuet. I can't remember where I found them.

The Finishing Dance, also known as "The Sir Roger de Coverley" is from The Complete System of English Country Dancing. It was the forerunner of the Virginia Reel. An early version of this dance was published in 1695.


More 18th century dance resources

How to Dance a Country Dance - from the Colonial Music Institute(&trade)

How to Dance a Minuet - from the Colonial Music Institute(&trade)

The Country Dance Book - (Excerpts from 1922 edition)

The Princess By Mr. Isaac - (1707?)

The Royal Portuguez - (1709)

The Royall Gailliarde - (1710)

For the Further Improvement of Dancing, A Treatis of Chorography of the Art of Dancing Country Dances - (1710)

The Royall: Mr. Isaac's new dance made for Her Majesty's birth day 1711

The Rigadoon Roayl. Mr. Isaac's new dance made for Her Majesty's birth day 1711

An essay for the further improvement of dancing - (1711)

The Royal Ann. Mr. Isaac's new dance made for Her Majesty's birth day 1712

The Northumberland: Mr. Isaac's new dance made for Her Majesty's Birth Day - (1713?)

The Pastorall: Mr. Isaac's New Dance made for Her Majesty's Birth day 1713

The Godolphin: Mr. Isaac's New Dace made for Her Majesty's Birth Day 1714

Orchesography, or the Art of Dancing - (1715?)

The Friendship: Mr. Isaac's New Dance for the Year 1715

The Dancing Master: Or, Directions for Dancing Country-Dances, with the Tunes to each Dance, for the Treble-Violin" - (1728)

The Dancing Master: of, The art of Dancing explained - (1728)

The art of dancing explained by reading and figures - (1735)

A Treatise on the art of dancing - (1772)

A Cotilion - (1788)

The Scholars Companion, containing a choice collection of cotillons & country dances - (1796?)

The Gentleman and Ladies Companion dance manual (1798)

Sketches relative to the history and theory, but more especially to the practice of dancing...Intended as hints to the young teachers of the art of dancing - (1805)

An analysis of country dancing - (1808)

A Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Dancing - (1810)

An analysis of country dancing, wherein all the figures used in that polite amusement are rendered familiar by engraved lines - (1811)

Elements and principles of the art of dancing, as used in the polite and fashionable circles - (1817)

The Complete System of English Country Dancing - (1820)

The Art of Dancing - (1831)

The Drawing-Room Dances - (1847)