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The Playford Assembly: 125 Early English Country Dances, 1651 - c.1820
A CDSS Publication
The Playford Assembly is a collection of 125 English country dances that have their origins in the 17th through the early 19th centuries. It is a successor volume to The Playford Ball (CDSS, 1990) and, like that collection, reflects the extraordinary work of Cecil Sharp and the generations of dance leaders and interpreters who have worked in his tradition since the 1910s. The dances in The Playford Assembly include many beloved favorites, such as "Bar a Bar," "The Dusty Miller," "Irish Lamentation," "Jack's Health," "Leather Lake House," "The Merry Salopians," "Money Musk," "News from Tripoly," "The Pursuit," "Sally in Our Alley," "The Young Widow," and many more, enlivened with lively anecdotes and illustrations. Each dance entry is published with music, facsimile, modern interpretation, and historical information. By Graham Christian; 175 pages