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Historic Dance: Companion

This Companion and  the 10 Volume Historic Dance book series that features in the adjoined subpages are no-longer available.

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This 560 page A4 book offers chorded tunes and abbreviated instructions for over 900 dances- the music and instruction having been extracted from the 10 volumes in John Gardiner-Garden's Historic Dance series. The work is intended to be used in conjunction with the series' main volumes, which give additional music, notes on the music, fuller dance instructions, notes on the dances and an enormous amout of further information relevant to bringing these dances alive, but for those with volumes in the main series to study at home, this '11th volume' may prove a useful on-music stand or in-hand tool for when dance musicians and callers are on-stage or on-the-floor and wanting to find and share the treasures and pleasures in the main 10 volume series. Included are tune and dance summary extracts:

From Volume I: 1450-1550  Alenchon; Alesandresca; Amaroso for two & three; Anello; Barcelona; La Bassa de Castille/Spayñ; Belfiore; Belriguardo for two & three; Chastelana; Chirintana; Colonnese; Corona; La Danse de Cleves; Eglamowr; Esperans; L’Esperence de Bourbon; La Figlia Guglielmino (1) & (2); Francho cuore gentile; La Franchoise nouvelle; Gelosia; Gioioso for three; Gioliva; Grazioso; Ingrata; Jupiter; Lauro; Legiadra; Libeaus Desconus; Lioncello Nuovo for three; Lioncello Nuovo for 2 & 3; Malgratiosa; Marchesana; Mercantia; Northumberland; La Partita Crudele; Petit Rinense; Le Petit Rouen; Pizochara; Prenes a gard; Prenes on gre; Prigionera; Reale; Rostiboli Gioioso; Sobria; Spero; Talbott; La Tantaine; Temperans; Tesara; Venus; Verçepe; Villanella (1); La Vita di Cholino; Voltati in ça Rosina / Rossina.

From Volume II: 1550-1600 Alba Novella; Allegrezza d’Amore; Allemande (1); Alta Regina; Ballo del Fiore (1); Ballo del Fiore (2) / Branle du Chandelier (2); Barriera; Bassa Toscana; Bella Gioiosa; Bellezze d’Olimpia; Black Almain; Les Bouffons; Branle d’Ecosse; Branle de la Haye; Branle de la Montarde; Branle de Malte; Branle de Poitou (1); Branle des Chevaux (1) & (2); Branle du Chandelier (1); Branle du Haut Barrois; Branle l’Officiel; Branles—cut suite from Campagne; Branles—mimed suite; Branles—mixed suite; Branles—opening suite (1); La Caccia d’Amore (1); Canario (1); La Castellana; Chiaranzana; Chiara Stella; Contentezza d’Amore; Il Conto dell’Orco; Contrapasso (1); Contrapasso (2); Coranto d’Espagne; La Courante; Dolce Amoroso Foco; Fedeltà; Fiamma d’amore; Florido Giglio; Fulgente Stella; Furioso (1) & (2); Galliard (1)–basic sequences; Galliard (2)–fancier sequences; Gavotte (1); Gracca Amorosa; Jouissance vous donneray; Leggiadria d’Amore; The Longe Pavian; Lorayne Allemayne; Lucretia; Madam Cecilia Almain; Maraviglia d’Amore; The Old Measures; Passo e mezo; The Pavan; Pavaniglia / Spanish Pavan (1); Pavan Matthei; Piantone; Spagnoletta (1); Spagnoletta Nuova; Squilina; Triory de Bretagne; Villanella (2); La Volta.

From Volume III: 1600-1650 Alta Carretta; Alta Mendoza; Ballo nuovo fatto da sei Cavalieri; Bassa Savella; La Battaglia; Il Bianco Fiore; Bizzaria d’Amore; Bobbing Joe (1); Boon Companion; Brando detta Alta Regina; Brando di Cales; Branles—opening suite (2); La Caccia d’Amore (2); Canario (2); La Catena d’Amore; Celeste Giglio; The Chirping of the Nightingale (1); Contrapasso Nuovo; Courant (2); Cuckolds all a row (1); Donna Leggiadra; Forza d’Amore; The Friar and the Nun; Galliard (3); Graies Inne Maske (1); Greenwood (1); The Gypsies (1); A Health to Betty; Hearts-Ease (1); Hunsdon House; Jack Pudding; Jog On (1); Ladye Spiller / Lady Spellor; Lansdowne no.4; Laura Suave; Lightly Love; A Mayden Fayre / Once I lov’d a Maiden Fayre; The Milking Payle / Merry Merry Milk Milkmaids (1); Moll Peatley (1); Nido d’Amore; La Nizzarda; An Old Man is a bed full of Bones; Il Pastor Leggiadro; Picking of Sticks; Rose is white and rose is red; St John / Dull Sir John; Selva Amorosa; So Ben Mi Chi Ha Buon Tempo; Spagnoletta (2); Lo Spagnoletto; Spring Garden; The Tassel Jump; Ten Pound Lass (1); Torneo Amoroso; Trenchmore; Villanicco.

From Volume IV: 1650-1700 Adson’s Saraband; All in the Garden Green; Anna Maria; Argeers; Aye me, or the Simphony; The Bath; The Begger Boy; Bellamira / The Baulk (1); Black Bess; Black Nag; Boat-man; Bobbing Joe (2); The Bore, or Sweet William; Braye’s Magott; Broome; Catching of Quails; Cherily and Merrily;Chestnut; The Chirping of the Nightingale (2); Christchurch Bells (1); Christchurch Bells (2); Cobbler’s Jig; Cold and Raw; Confesse; Contredance nouvelle figurée à huit; Courant (3) & (4); Cuckolds all a row (2); Cupid’s Garden; The Cushion Dance (1); Daphne; Dargason; Deil Take the Wars (1); Drive the Cold Winter away; The Duke of Gloucester’s March; Easter Tuesday; Emperor of the Moon; Epping Forrest; Excusez Moy; Fain I would; The Fine Companion; Gathering Peascods; The Geud Man of Ballangigh; The Glory of the West; Graies Inne Maske (2); Greenwood (2); Grimstock; Half Hannykin; Have at thy coat old woman; The Health; Hearts-Ease (2); Hedge Lane (1a&b, 2a&b); Hide Parke; Hobb’s Wedding; Hockley in the Hole; The Hole in the Wall; If all the World were Paper; The Irish Trot; Jack a Lent; Jack’s Maggot; Jacob Hall’s Jig; Jamaica / La Bonne Amitié; Jenny Plucked Pears; Joan’s Placket (1) / Jeanne qui saute; Jog On (2); The Jovial Beggars; The Juice of Barley; Kelsterne Gardens; Kemp’s Jig; The Kettle Drum; Lavena; Lilli Bulero; Lord of Carnavan’s Jig; Love and a Bottle (1); The Lover’s Luck; Lulle me beyond thee; Mad Robin (1); Mage on a Cree; Maiden Lane; Maid in the Moon; The Milking Payle / Merry Merry Milkmaids; The Mill-field; Millison’s Jig; Mr Beveridge’s Maggot; Mr Eaglesfield’s New Hornpipe; Mr Isaac’s Maggot; Mr Lane’s Magot; Mr Lane’s Minuet; Mr Lane’s Trumpet Minuet (1); Mr Young’s Delight; Mundesse; My Lady Cullen’s; The New Bath; New Boe Peep; Newcastle; The New Exchange; New Rigadoon; New Roger / Young Roger; The Nightpiece; Nobody’s Jig; Nonesuch / A la Mode de France; Pabana / Spanish Pavan (2); Parson’s Farewell; Parson upon Dorothy (1); Parson upon Dorothy (2); Paul’s Steeple; Peppers Black; Prince George; Prince Ruperts March; Punk’s Delight; Put on thy Smock on a Monday; Putney Ferry; Red House (1) & (2); Rigadoon (1); Row Well ye Mariners; Rufty Tufty; Sage Leaf; Saint Martin; Saraband; The Scotch Measure; Sellingers Round; Shepheards Holyday; Siege of Limerick; Spanish Jig (1) & (2); Spanish Gypsie / The Gypsies (2); The Spring; Staines Morris; Step Stately; The Stingo, or the Oyl of Barley; Strawberries and Cream (1); Sweet Kate; Tythe Pig; Under and Over; Upon a Summers Day; Valentine’s Day; Vienna (1); Vienna (2); Well Hall; The Whirligig; Whitehall; Windsor Castle; Woodicock.

From Volume V: 1700-1750 Aimable Vainqueur / Louvre; Allemande (2) / L’Allemande; Always Drunk and Never Sober (1); Apley House; Auretti’s Dutch Skipper (1); La Bacchante (1) & (2); Barbarini’s Tambourine; La Bergère; Bob in the Bed; La Bohaimiene; Bonny Grey-Ey’d Morn; La Bourgogne; La Bourrée d’Achille; The Busie Body; Butter’d Pease (1); La Chaîne; La Chasse; Cheshire Rounds; Childgrove; The Collier’s Daughter (1), (2) & (3); La Coquette / Coquette (1); Le Cotillon des Fêtes de Thalie; Deil Take the Wars (2); Draw Cupid Draw; Easter Thursday; Entrée de deux Bacchantes; Entrée pour un Berger et une Bergere; Fair and Softly; The Fair Quaker of Deal; Les Galeries d’Amour; La Gasconne; La Gavotte du Roy à quatre; Granadiais; The Great Turk; Greensleeves and Yellow Lace; Hamstead Heath; Indian Queen; Irish Lamentation; Knives and Forkes; Lady Mary’s Courant; Love and a Bottle (3); Love’s Triumph; Madame Robin / Mad Robin (2); Madamoiselle Dupingle (1) & (2) / Sabina; Les Mariniers; The Marlborough (1) & (2); La Matelote; Le Menuet à quatre (1); Menuet à quatre (2); Menuet de la Reine (1); The Merry Conclusions; Minuet (1) / Menuet à deux (1); Moll Peatley, the New way / Moll Peatley (2); Mr Caverley’s Minuet; Mr Holt’s Minuet and Jig; Mr Priest’s Minuet; My Lady Winwood’s Maggot; My Lord Byron’s Maggot (1) & (2); L’ Nosse de Paysan; Le Nouveau Pistolet; Orleans Baffled; La Pantomime; Le Pistolet; Portsmouth (1) & (2); Prince George’s Birthday; Princess Amelia / Holborn March; Prince William; The Punch bowl; The Pursuit; Les Quatres Faces; The Queen’s Jigg; Rigadoon (2) / Rigaudon d’Angleterre; (Sir) Roger de Coverley (1); Softly Good Tummas; Le Soleildieu; St Margaret’s Hill; Strawberries and Cream (2); Subligny’s Minuet;Subligny’s Minuet; The Tatler; The Toast; A Trip to Paris; La Vieille Bourrée;Vienna (3); We’ll Wed and We’ll Bed; Wou’d you have a young Virgin (1)/(2); Yellow Stockings; Young Sir John / Happy Bride; Zephirs and Flora.

From Volume VI: 1750-1800 Adonis; Allemande (3) & (4); Allemande du Devin de Village; Allemand Suisse; Always Drunk and Never Sober (2); Anglaise de chez l’embassadeur (1); Anglaise de chez l’embassadeur (2); Anglaise de la Reine (1); Anglaise de la Reine (2); Anglaise de la Rhein (3)& (4); Auretti’s Dutch Skipper (2)&(3); Barley Mow; La Baroque; The Baulk (2); La Belle Alliance; Les Belles Filles de Norwich; Bevis Mount; La Bionni; The Bishop; The Black Dance (1); Bonny Lass of our Town; La Bouquette; The Changing; La Chasse d’Amour; Cockney’s Frolic; La Cométe; The Comical Fellow; Contradanza I; Contradanza II; Contradanza XXXVIII;The Cossack Dance; Douze; The Dusky Night; The Fair Maid of the Inn;The Fandango; Feldtenstein’s No. 4, 5 & No. 6; Fête Champêtre; La Folie ou le Goût du Siècle; La Fricassée (1)& (2); La Fuiarde; Galopade (1); The Happy Captive; Le Jardin Enchanté; La Jesuite, or, the Jesuit; Le Jeu des quatres coins; Les Jolis Garçons; Lasses of Portsmouth; Leather Lake House3; Linnen Hall; The Macaroni; La Maison du Bois; La Méditation des Chinois; Menuet de la cour (1); La Mignonette; Minuet (2); Money Musk (1); La Musette; Mutual Love; Les Ombres Chinois; Le Palais de l’amour; Les Plaisirs de la Jeunesse; Pleasures of the Town (1a&b); Polonaise (1) / The Polish dance; Polonaise (2) / Neu Figurirte Polonoise; La Pouvoir de la Beauté; Der Prager-Student / The Student of Prague; Le Prince de Galles; The Princess of Wales’s Waltz; The Prussian Camp; Le Quadrille; Les Quadrilles; Les Quatre Berceaux; Les Quatre Nymphes (1); Les Quatre Nymphes (2); Les Quatre Saisons; The Rakes of Rochester; Rigadoon (3) / Rigodon; La Riswic; Ruffs and Rhees; The Savage Dance; Schmiedt’s Angloise No.1; Schmiedt’s Quadrille No.1; Scotch Lilt; A School for Scandal; Shrewsbury Lasses; Soldiers’ Joy (1); La Strasbourgeoise (1)& (2); Sun Assembly; The Touchstone; A Trip to Highgate; La Voltaire et la Franklein; Wakefield Hunt; Waltz (on a fan); Wednesday Night; The Wish; The Young Widow.

From Volume VII: 1800-1825 The Alexander; Allemande (5) / Strassburger; The Attempt; L’Augustin Waltz (1&2); La Boulangère (1); Butter’d Pease (2); The Caledonian Quadrille; Le Carillon de Dunkerque; The Chase (1); College Hornpipe; Congo Minuet; Countess of Yarmouth’s Fancy; The Cushion Dance (2); The Czar; Downfall of Paris; The Duke of Kent’s Waltz; Dutch Dollars; Elegance and Simplicity; L’Été; The Fair Circassian; The Fairy Dance; The Good Girl; Haste to the Wedding; Highland Laddie (1)& (2, 3 & 4); Highland Laddie & Mr Chivers’ Fancy; Isabella (1); Italian Monfrina (1)& (2); Joan’s Placket (2a & b); La Josephine; Juliana (1), (2)& (3); Jumping Joan (3a&b); Lady Caroline Lee’s Waltz; The Lancer’s Quadrille (1) / Strathy Lancers; The Lancers’ Quadrille(2) / Duval Lancers; The Lancer’s Quadrille (3) / Hart Lancers; Mazurka Quadrille (1); La Monaco; Money Musk (2); Morgiana in Ireland (1a, b, c); Morgiana in Ireland (2); The Moscovians; Mr Chivers’ Fancy (1, 2, 3 and 4); Mr Turner’s Academy Cotillion; La Napoléon; National Waltz; National Waltz and Highland Laddie; Nichol’s Favourite; Pantalon (1), (2) & (3); The Perigourdine; Polonaise (3) / La Grande Polonaise; La Poule (1) & (3a&b); Quadrille Français (1); Quadrille Français (2) / Paine’s 1st Set;Russian Dance (1), (2) and (3); Russian Dance and Morgiana in Ireland;Scotch Reel (1) / Reel of 3 & Reel of 4; Scotch Reel (2) / Reel of 5; Scotch Reel (3) / Reel of 6; Sicilian Dance (1) & (2); Sir Roger de Coverley (2); Spanish Dance (1a&b) / The Guaracha; La Tempête (1 a, b, c); The Triumph (1); The Triumph (2); Tyrolese Waltz and Isabella; The Union Waltz; La Vinetta; The Volga; Waltz (1) / French Waltzing; Waltz (2) / German Waltzing; Wilson’s Quadrilles.

From Volume VIII: 1825-1850 Blasis’ New Set of Quadrilles; The Cinderella Cotillion; Cotillion-mazurka for any number; Cotillion-mazurka for 3 couples; Cotillion-mazurka for more W; Cotillion-mazurka for 4 couples; Cotillion with cushion /Cushion dance(3); Fancy Quadrille Figures; The Five Step Waltz (1); Ecossaise Waltzer; Galop (1) / Galopade (1; La Galopade (2); Highland Reel; Hull’s Victory; Lady’s Triumph / The Triumph (3); The London Polka Quadrille; Mazurka Quadrille (2); The Mazurka Quadrille (3); The Mazurka Quadrille (4); Mazurka Waltz (1) / La Cellarius; Minuet (3); Polonaise (4); Portland Fancy; The Redowa (1); The Royal Gallopade; The Serious Family Polka; Sir Roger de Coverley (3) / Virginia Reel (1); Soldier’s Joy (2); Spanish Dance (2) / Spanish Waltz (1); Spanish Waltz (2); Swedish Dance (1), (2) and (3); La Tempête (2); Triolet; Triolet Waltzer; Waltz (3) / Valse à deux Temps; Waltz (4) / Valse à trois temps; Waltz Cotillion; The Waverley Quadrilles / Quadrille Francais(2b); Wiener Waltz.

From Volume IX: 1850-1875 L’Anglicane; The Chase (2) / Chase the Lady (1)& (2); The Chase (4) / Chase the Squirrel; Cheat the Lady / Coquette (2); Cinderella Set; Cinderella Waltz; Circassian Dances; Cotillion-mazurka, long sequence; Coulon’s Double Quadrille; La Czarine; The Empire Quadrille; The Esmeralda (1); The Esmeralda (2a&b); The Five Step Waltz (2); Galop (1) / Galopade (3); The Gitana Waltz; The Gorlitza; The Holly Berry; Hongroise (1); Hongroise (2); Hop Waltz (1) / La Sauteuse; La Koska (1); La Koska (2) / La Coska; The Lancers’ Quadrille (4); The Mazurka Quadrille (4) / Philadelphia Mazurka Quadrilles;The Mazurka Waltz (2); Money Musk (3); Mrs Henderson’s Double Quadrille; The New Caledonian Quadrille; The Norwegian Country Dance; Polka (1)(from Volume VIII); Polka (2)(from Volume VIII); Polka (3) / Grand Baden Polka; Polka (4); Polka Redowa; Pop Goes the Weasel (1) & (2); Prince Imperial Quadrille; Princess Alice; The Prisoner; Quadrille des Dames; Quadrille Français (3) /Russian Quadrilles; Quadrille Français (4); Quadrille—Nine-Pin; Quadrille Russe; Redowa (2)& (3); La Russe Quadrille; Russian Mazourka Quadrilles; Sackett’s Harbor; Schottische; Sicilian Circle; The Tempest; La Tempête (3); La Tempête (4); The Triplet; Vals des Patineurs; Les Varietés Parisiennes; La Varsovienne / The Varsovienna (1), (2) & (3); Waltz (5) / Glide Waltz; The Zingarilla (1)& (2) / La Zingerilla; Zulma l’Orientale.

From Volume X: 1875-1900 Baby Polka / German Finger Polka; The Berlin Polka / La Berline / Alsatian Polka; Bohemian Polka / Heel and Toe; The Cake Walk; Combination Polka; Coquette (3a&b) / Glide Polka; Coquette (4a&b); Cotillion with blindfolds; Cotillion with cards; Cotillion with chairs—4 facing in; Cotillion with chairs—8 facing out; Cotillion with choice; Cotillion with circles and columns; Cotillion with fans; Cotillion with hat and gloves; Cotillion with mixing; Cotillion with pairs of props; Cotillon with scarves (1) & (2); Cotillion with a sheet; Cross Step Polka; Double Glide Waltz; L’Élégante; L’Élégante; L’Éxcentrique; The Five Step Waltz (3); Galop (2); Galop (3); Galop (4) /Rhein Galop / Danish Waltz / Manchestor Galop; Ganglovienne / Ostendaise Valsée; La Giraudette; Highland Schottische; Hongroise (3) / Valse Hongroise; Hop Waltz (2).

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