Like all 10 volumes in this series this is an A4 book by Dr John Gardiner-Garden with nearly 740 pages of research, discussion and analysis, with hundreds of illustrations, musical scores, dance reconstructions, source extracts, transcriptions and translations, and with each volume divided into five parts.
Part 1 (Dance context) explores the social, political and geographic contexts in which dance and the institution of the ball was evolving.
Part 2 (Dance forms) examines the nature and evolution of the period’s main types of dance.
Part 3 (Dance Technicalities) has sections on ‘Style’, ‘Etiquette’, ‘Honours’, ‘Holds’, ‘Formations’, ‘Figures’ and ‘Steps’.
Part 5 (Dancing Masters) is devoted to developments in dance teaching, notation and publication, and offers an annotated bibliography of primary sources.
Part 4 (Dances in Detail) offers reconstructions, music and source comparisons for the following dances of the period:
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.
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