This is the second and much revised edition of what has frequently been called the “Bible of English Country Dance Music” and is the largest single collection of dance tunes ever published. All of the tunes have been carefully selected and now number over 1,200. The facsimiles of Playford’s The English Dancing Master (1651) and John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera (1729) remain and many of the tunes have been re-set. There is music here from the 13th to the 20th centuries and examples of the whole brilliant kaleidoscope of forms: Morris, ceremonial and sword dances, jigs, reels, waltzes, cotillons, polkas, schottisches, marches, quadrilles, bransles, Old English Hornpipes, square dances, long dances, mazurkas and galliards, not to mention laments, listening music and exotic novelty dances. It is all here from The Earl of Salisbury’s Pavan to The Teddy Bears’ Picnic. Widely acclaimed by professional, folk and early-music musicians.