EDC Publications

Sources for Early Renaissance Dance c1445 – c1535: a brief guide

by David Wilson (2003) (paperback, 40 pages)

ISBN 0 9513640 7 3

This booklet offers brief guidance to 25 handwritten or printed sources giving technical information about dancing in Western Europe during the Early Renaissance. These sources are held in libraries and collections in Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States. Their texts are in Castilian, Catalan, English, French, German, Italian and macaronic Latin. For each document there are systematic notes on its location, character, date, contents and on the principal relevant publications.

Price – £3.50; (with P&P, U.K. – £4.50;  Europe: – £6.00; Rest of world – £7.50)

101 Italian Dances (c1450 – c1510): a critical translation

by David Wilson (1999) (wirebound paperback, iv + 190 pages)

ISBN 0 9513640 4 9

Are you fascinated by Italian 15th-century dancing? – but baffled by Italian 15th-century language? If so, this book is for you.

All the dances are here, translated into English, with account taken of the more significant variants found in the 12 available texts and with commentary on the knotty points. The music, however, is not included.

The sources are evaluated not only as a literary tradition, but also as a performing tradition. In other words, if the text does not make sense in terms of movement on the floor, something must be wrong either in the original text or (of course) in the translation. The areas of difficulty are noted and possible explanations are offered.

Price – £13; (with P&P, U.K. – £16.00; Europe: – £20.00; Rest of world – £25.00)

Domenico of Piacenza (Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale, MS ital. 972), transcribed and edited, with an introduction, by D. R. Wilson

ISBN 0 9513640 1 4

Sources for Early Dance: Series 1, Fifteenth-Century Italy, 1 (1988)

Domenico’s treatise transcribed (comb-bound paperback, iv + 54 pages), including the dance-descriptions (18 balli with their tunes and 5 basse danze).

The text is given in a modern typeface, but otherwise in a form that is as near to the original as can be conveniently obtained. Abbreviations are expanded, but spelling, word-division and line-division are as in the original. Different scribal hands are distinguished, and scribal corrections are fully documented.

Price – £5.50; (with P&P, U.K. – £7.50;  Europe: – £9.70;  Rest of world – £10.70)

Steps used in Court Dancing in 15th century Italy

by David Wilson – 3rd revised & enlarged edition (2003)  (wirebound paperback, 66 pages)

ISBN 0 951307 3 7

A comprehensive review of the evidence for the form and content of twenty- one main steps and recognised step-sequences, through analysis of the dance-descriptions appended to surviving copies of the treatises.

Price – £10; (with P&P – U.K. – £12.00;  Europe: – £15.00;  Rest of world – £17.50)

Historical Playford: The English Dancing Master (1651)

interpreted in the manner of 1601: edited by D. R. Wilson, 2001
(comb-bound paperback, iv + 54 pages)

ISBN 0 9519307 2 9

This presents the original text for each dance, with abbreviations extended, and editorial comment to aid practical reconstruction. Many of the dances had been in use since the 1570s, and so are given here in late 16th and early 17th century style.

Price – £7; (with P&P, U.K. – £9.50;  Europe: – £12.45;  Rest of world – £14.00)

A Book of Paine’s Quadrilles

Music Notation by Meryl Thomson
Dance Instructions by Ellis Rogers   (Book on computer CD)

ISBN 978 9553532 1 5

This disk contains PDF images of thirteen Sets of Paine’s Quadrilles. Both the music and accompanying instructions are given in their original format and in ready to play version with dances instructions fully interpreted.

Price – £8; (with P&P, U.K.:  9.50;  Europe: – £10.50; Rest of world – £11.00.)

Music by RegencyDances.org

A new selection of music for Regency dancing, published in partnership with the EDC.

A selection was heard on the BBC Poldark Series and the CDs are available to purchase on CDBaby.com, full details via the links below:

Twelve Cotillions by Giovanni Gallini, 1770
Country Dances by Thomas Skillern, 1781
Country Dances by Thomas Wilson, 1809-1819
Three Quadrilles by Thomas Wilson, 1817
Country Dances by Thomas Straight, 1779-1784
Twelve Cotillions by James Longman, 1768

or www.RegencyDances.org/music.php