- Barker, E. Phillips. "Master Thoinot's Fancy." Music and
Letters 11 (1930): 383.
Ian Engle: Introduction to Arbeau when
Beaumont was the only version
available in English.
- Barlow, Jeremy, ed. The Complete Country Dance Tunes From Playford's
Dancing Master. London: Faber Music, Ltd., 1985.
Cover blurb: This book brings together, for the first time under one
cover, 535 tunes and their variants from the eighteen original editions
of The Dancing Master. It provides a fund of
musical material for performers, whether folk musicians or baroque
instrumentalists, and for class and instrumental music teachers. It is also
an invaluable reference book for anyone interested in the history of English
- Barron, Marshall. Early Playford For Early Instruments. Privately published,
Justin du Coeur: Marshall Barron is a fiddler who has been teaching
English Country dance with the CDSS for many years. These books are collections
of her arrangements of melodies from the first edition of
Playford. They are invariably danceable, and
generally fairly pleasant to listen to; Marshall is quite explicit in her
desire to see people use these arrangements to promote more reconstruction of
Playford. I have heard a rumor that a third volume has been published but have
not seen it yet.
- Bianchi, Dante.
- "Tre maestri Di Danza Alla Corte Di Francesco Sforza."
ASL 89 (1962): 290-299.
- "Un Tratto Inedito Di Domenico Da Piacenza." La Bibliofilia
65 (1963): 109.
Ian Engle: Bad transcription of the ms.
- Bloch, Stephen (SCA pseud. Joshua ibn-Eleazar ha-Shalib; et al).
"Music For "La Regina"." The Letter of Dance, no. 8.
Justin du Coeur: Music for the dance from issue #7, reconstructed from
BL Add. ms. 29987, ff 62v-63r. Alternate reconstructions also provided,
available upon request from the Letter. Reconstruction confirmed against
traditional reconstruction sent by Eloise of Coulter.
- Bohme, Franz Magnas. Geschichte Des Tanzes in Deutschland. Beitrag
Zur Deutschen Sitten-, Litteratur- Und Musikgeschichte. Nach Den Quellen
Zum Erstenmal Bearbeitet Und Mit Alten Tanzliedern Und Musikproben. Leipzig:
Breitkopf & Hartel, 1886.
2 v. 27 cm
- Boice, Meredith (SCA pseud. Mara Tudora Kolarova).
- "Back Seat Drivers." The Letter of Dance, no. 6 (1990).
Justin du Coeur: An editorial, previously published in another Renaissance
newsletter, Saltatio, giving advice on how to not disrupt dance practices.
- "The Quadran's Purpose?" The Letter of Dance, no. 14 (1992): 16.
Justin du Coeur: A brief guess at how the Quadran Pavan might have
been used in period.
- Bonnet, Jacques. Histoire Generale De La Danse, Sacree Et Prophane.
Bibliotheca Musica Bononiensis. Sezione III ; N. 82. Bologna: Forni, 1972.
xl, 269 p. ; 23 cm
- Bonnet, Jacques and Pierre Bourdelot. Histoire Generale De La Danse
Sacree Et Profane. Avec Un Supplement De L'histoire De La Musique Et Le
Parallele De La Peinture Et De La Poesie. Paris: 1723; reprint, Geneve:
Slatkine Reprints, 1969.
ii, xl, 274 p. 20 cm
- Bowles, Edmund A. La Pratique Musicale Au Moyen Age [Musical Performance
in the Late Middle Ages]. Translated by Claude Chauvel. Geneva (?): Minkoff
& Lattès, 1983. ISBN: 2-8266-0811-8.
Dennis Sherman: One of Minkoff's Musical Iconography series, this is
a collection of plates, many, perhaps most, in color. The focus of the
book is the practice of music, but the musicians are playing for dancing
in many of the plates, documenting a wide variety of instrumentation for
dance music. The plates may also be of some use in interpreting dance steps.
- Brainard, Ingrid G.
- "Bassedance, Bassedanza, and Ballo in the Fifteenth
Century." Dance History Research: 64.
- Three Court Dances of the Early Renaissance. New York: Dance
Notation Bureau Press, 1977.
ix, 23 p. : ill., music ; 28 cm
- "The Role of the Dancing Master in Fifteenth Century
Courtly Society." Fifteenth Century Studies 2 (1979): 21.
- "Modes, Manners, Movement: The Interaction of Dance and Dress From
the Late Middle Ages to the Renaissance." In Proceedings of the Sixth
annual conference of the Society of Dance History Scholars, 17- 36.
Milwaukee, WI: Dance History Scholars, 1983.
- "Court Dances of the 15th Century." In Proceedings
of the Sixth annual conference of the Society of Dance History Scholars,
177. Milwaukee, WI: Dance History Scholars, 1983.
Lizbeth Langston: Introduction to a performance.
- "The Art of Courtly Dancing in Transition: Nurnberg,
Germ. Nat. Mus. MS. 8842, a Hitherto
Unknown German Source." In Crossroads of Medieval Civilization: The City
of Regensburg and Its Intellectual Milieu, eds. Edelgard E. Dubruck and Karl
Heinz Goller. Michigan : Michigan Consortium for Medieval and Early Modern
- "Translating Cornazano." Dance Chronicle 7, no.
1 (1984): 107-114.
Andrew Draskoy: A review of the Inglehearn
and Forsyth translation, pointing out the shortcomings of the translation
and providing most of the supplementary information necessary to work with
the translation. Together with Mazzi and
Marrocco provides enough information to work with
Cornazano, although a facsimile of the entire original would be useful.
- "Mesura Et Arte Del Danzare: The Guglielmo Ebreo Conference
At Pesaro." Dance Chronicle 11, no. 1 (1988): 116-121.
Andrew Draskoy: A review of the conference and an associated exhibition
- The Art of Courtly Dancing in the Early Renaissance. Privately printed,
Del (D.Elson): This book contains a study on the 15th century dances,
considered one of the best. Available from the
- Brissenden, Alan. "Shakespeare and the Dance"Atlantic Highlands, N.J.:
Humanities Press, 1981.
Andrew Draskoy: Gives all the references to dance in Shakespeare and discusses the
role of dance in these and other plays of the period. Includes plates of iconography, esp. from
England. Much of the analysis relating to specific dances is, in my opinion, debatable, but
there is much useful background material here.
- Brooks, Lynn Matluck.
- The Dances of the Processions of Seville in Spain's Golden Age.
Teatro Del Siglo De Oro. Estudios De Literatura., no. 4. Kassel, 1988.
vi, 411 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
- "Cosmic Imagery in the Religious Dances of Seville's Golden
Age." In Proceedings of the Fourteenth annual conference of the
Society of Dance History Scholars, 82-94. Riverside: Dance History Scholars,
- Busch, Carolann. "The Dances of Battistino : Five Italian Renaissance
Duets From the Sixteenth Century." Master's Thesis (UCLA-1984), UCLA,
Abstract: Sixteenth century court dance has been preserved in Fabrito
M. Caroso's Italian manual Il Ballarino
(1581). Within the Caroso work, twelve dances are attributed to a Messer
Battistino. Five of these dances, all duets, are the focus of this thesis.
These dances were chosen as typical of Battistino's work and, to the author,
the most interesting choreographies. The dances are: "Contentezza
d'Amore," "Rustica Amorosa," "Lucretia Favorita,"
"Bassa Toscana," and "Barriera Balletto." This study
documents the process of reconstructing these dances from an original dance
manual, and some comparative remarks. In recreating these dances, Il
Ballarino is the primary and only source used for the dance directions and
music. The step descriptions and some stylistic remarks on execution and
etiquette are found in the first section of the book. In realizing dances
of any given era, it is important to follow those step rules and instructions
found within the same manual as the dances themselves. Each of the dances
described will be followed by a discussion of the text which will examine
the various areas of interpretation. The dancer cue sheet, floor plan and
lute transcription are provided as aids for further reconstructions of these
works by other interested parties.
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