List of historical tunebooks, some of which are available on the internet

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Within Britain and Ireland cultural boundaries have never been the same thing as our present 'national' borders. Overlain onto that, or even part of it, have been a series of fashionable enthusiasms for rural pastimes, which sometimes appear more novel, even desirably savage, the further from London they claim (not always justly) as their origin.

This list presently concerns itself with the effect of this on English popular dance music, which even from the earliest times can be seen to reflect reality by including influential music from elsewhere - branles, passepieds etc.

Parallel lists, not identical but equally leaky, could be made for 'Elsewhere'.

For example:-

Chris Partington,


For an overview of the various publishing houses responsible for the following books go to Music Publishers

Where there are multiple links to PDFs on external sites, it is generally to mirrored copies of the same file.


  • ANON; A Companion to the Reticule, Arranged for the Piano Forte, A collection of Scottish country dances; Unidentified publisher, n.d.(ca.1840); Petrucci, Internet Archive
  • AIRD,James; A Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs Adapted for the Fife, Violin or German Flute; Generally referred to as Aird, this series of tune books had various editors and publishers.6 Volumes, 200 pieces each in Vols.1-5, 180 in Vol.6 ; 1180 pieces in total; ca1802-1810 Petrucci, ABCs on Jack Campin's website
  • ALEXANDER, James; Alexander's New Scrapbook Containing 1000 Favorite Airs for the Flute, Violin, or Flageolet; J.Alexander & Co, London, early 19thC; Popular airs and dance music of the day, containing 168 tunes + index; Vol 6. File:Alexandervol6web 2.pdf, PDF at Internet Archive
  • ALEXANDER, James; Alexander's Fifty New Scotch and Irish Reels & Hornpipes Arranged for the violin or Flute by an Eminent Professor; J.Alexander 101 Leadenhall Str, London, ca1820-30; File:ALEX50.PDF; vmpABCs
  • ALEXANDER, James, Alexander's Complete Preceptor for the Flute, 47pp, London, The Author/G.E.Blake, 1821, Entirely on a New Principle, by which the Art of Playing the Flute is Rendered So Easy, as to be Obtained by the Learner Independent of Any Other Assistance, for a One, Four Or Six Keyed Flute. To which are Added Upwards of Seventy Easy Duettinos ...
  • ALEXANDER, James, Alexander's Improved Preceptor for the Flute, London, J.Sandford, c1830
  • ANDERSON'S Budget of Scotch English & Irish slow airs, For the German-flute or violin; Vol 1; Edinburgh : Printed for & sold by J. Anderson, ca. 1827.; NLS
  • ARBEAU, Thoinot, alias Jehan Tabourot; Orchesographie (1589); Facsimile at Lib.Con., ABC at Anamnese, PDF at Anamnese; A summary and a different ABC by Nicolas Graner
  • BARSANTI, Francesco; A Collection of Old Scots Tunes; Edinburgh: Alexander Baillie, 1742; PDF, JC's ABCs
  • BLACKMAN, W; Blackman's Selection.A Selection of the most favorite Hornpipes for the Violin. NB. Most of these Hornpipes are within the Compass of the Flute. Price 1s; London. Published by W. Blackman, Music Seller. 15 Union Strt. Southwark, ca1810-22. File:Blackman's Hornpipes.PDF; vmpABC's
  • BINGLEY,J. 1840s, see STRANGE
  • BRAY,Thomas; Country Dances (20, with treble and bass); Printed by William Pearson, 1699; 'Sold by Mr. Plaiford. at the Temple Change', Fleet Street; Reprinted in 1988 by Hellwig & Barron, England, third part added to each tune; Brief Introduction, JC's ABCs A scanned manuscript is available online at JPEGs VWML It does however seem to be out of page order. The ABC transcripts do not match up.
  • BREMNER,Robert; The Caledonian Pocket Companion by James Oswald,'being a collection of the favourite Scotch tunes for the German flute', London:Bremner(1771), Vol 2 PDF
  • BREMNER,Robert; A Collection of Scots Reels or Country Dances, With a Bass for the Violincello [sic] or Harpsichord. In Playing these Basses on the Harpsichord, their Octaves may be also struck, as represented by small Notes in the Fyket Page 6.; London: Robert Bremner, n.d. (1757); Petrucci; JC's ABCs
  • BREMNER,Robert; The Delightful Pocket Companion for the German Flute, Containing A Choice Collection of the most Celebrated Italian, English, and Scotch Tunes, Curiously Adapted to that Instrument; 2 Vols, 6 books in each; London: Robert Bremner, n.d.(1763); Petrucci Internet Archive
  • BREWER & Co; New Instructions for the Clarinet, An early 19th century English tutor for the five-key clarinet, with a selection of English, Scottish and Irish popular and folk tunes to play on it, PDFs, ABCs,
  • BRIDE,Richard; Favorite Collection of 200 Select Country Dances, 3 vols; London, Longman Lukey & Broderip, ca1775; VWML.QS 35.4 7288
  • BRODERIP & Wilkinsons Selection of the Most Admired Dances, reels, waltz’s strathspeys & cotillons. With their proper figures no danced at the Court of St. James’s Bathe & other polite assemblies. Adapted for the harp, piano forte, violin, or tabor & pipe. Book 9; London, Printed for the editors, (1801) Lib.Con ref
  • BUTTON and WHITAKER, 24 CDs with Figures For the Year 1813, adapted for the violin, german flute or oboe, London. PDF at archive.org, JC's ABCs
  • BUTTON and WHITAKER, Twelve Elegant New Dances for the year 1810. arranged for the Harp or Piano Forte, with correct Figures as Danced at Court, bath, Brighton & all Polite Assemblies. London: the Editors (Button & Whitaker), 1810. "This elegant Selection is Printed Quarterly, on Sheets, & paged onward for the convenience of Binding. Nos. 1 to 14 are already Published." PDF at Petrucci, JC's ABCs
  • BUTTON and WHITAKER, Selection of Dances, Reels and Waltzes. for the Piano Forte, Harp, Violin & German Flute. With Figures. London: the Editors (Button & Whitaker), n.d.(ca.1815). Annual(?) collection, numers 8,9,11,18. PDF at Petrucci, JC's ABCs
  • CAMERON,George; Cameron's Selection of Violin Music; containing all the most popular national airs, marches, strathspeys, reels, hornpipes, jigs, country dances, quicksteps, quadrilles, polkas, &c. &c. &c. Glasgow: George Cameron, 1859. PDF at Petrucci
  • CHAPPELL,William; Old English Popular Music; First published 1838-40 as "A collection of national English airs" which was afterwards expanded into his "Popular music of the olden time" (1859, 2 vols.) Part of the latter edition was published under title "The ballad literature and popular music of the olden time."; London Chappell & Macmillan; Vol 1 This ed 1893 PDF at Internet Archive; Vol 2 This ed 1893 PDF at Internet Archive
  • COLE: 1000 Fiddle Tunes; Cole Publishing Company 1940, USA; See RYAN's.
  • CONVERSE,Frank B; 230 easy pieces for the banjo : comprising a choice collection of polkas, waltzes, clog hornpipes, reels, jigs, walkarounds, songs, etc., etc., in both the "guitar" and "banjo" styles of execution; New York Benjamin Hithcock 1887; PDF at Internet Archive
  • CRAIG; Empire Violin Collection of Hornpipes; Aberdeen: Thomas Craig, n.d.(ca.1890); Petrucci ABCs vmpABCs
  • CRAWHALL.Joseph; Smallpipe Tunes; Newcastle, for the Author, ca1877; Farne
  • DABNEY/DOBNEY,Michael; Twelve Minuets and Twelve Dances; see Thompson,C&S
  • DALE,Joseph; Selection of the most favorite country dances, reels &c. with their proper figures, for the harp, harpsichord & violin, as performed at the Prince of Wales, Bath, & other Grand Balls, & Assemblies, N.B. This Collection contains every Popular Dance & Reel in Use; London: Joseph Dale, n.d.(ca.1800); Petrucci University of Rochester
  • DITSON, Oliver; The Boston Collection of Instrumental Music: containing Marches, Quicksteps, Waltzes, Airs, Cotillons, Contra Dances, Hornpipes, Quadrilles, arranged with figures, Scotch and Irish Jigs, Reels, and Strathspeys, arranged for Brass, Wooden, & Stringed Instruments; Boston: Oliver Ditson, n.d. (ca.1850); Petrucci, Internet Archive, ABCs
  • DOBNEY/DABNEY,Michael; Twelve Minuets and Twelve Dances; see Thompson,C&S
  • FALKNER & CHRISTMAS's; Popular Collection of Country Dances reels, waltzes, minuets, &c. for the present year : danced at Bath, Willis's and the private & public assemblies; London, Published by Falkner & Christmas ... 9 Pall Mall at the Opera Music Warehouse, (1813?) formerly M.Kelly; Article and some images at Houghton Library, Harvard; Bound 5th in a volume of 6 British social dance imprints, published between 1800 and 1815, [1].
  • FISHAR,J. Sixteen Cotillions, Sixteen Minuets, Twelve Allemands and Twelve Hornpipes Composed by J. Fishar. London: John Rutherford, ca. 1780; Lib.Con.ref
  • FITZWILLIAM; The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book; The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book is a manuscript primary source of keyboard music from the late Elizabethan and early Jacobean periods in England, many remained in use. 297 pieces. Published Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1899, Reprinted:New York: Dover Publications, 1963/79 et al; PDFs at Petrucci
  • GOULDING,PHIPPS & D'ALMAINE; The Man of Feeling, or the Gentleman's Musical Repository for the Flute or Violin. Consisting of an elegant selection of the most admired Airs from the modern Operas, Opera Dances, Songs, Sonatas & every other description of fashionable Music, chiefly taken from the extensive Catalogue of Messrs. Goulding & Co., under the immediate inspection of that celebrated Flute Composer Gaetano Brandi; London n.d.(late 18thC); PDF at Petrucci
  • GRAY,J; Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1812, with proper tunes and directions for each dance as they may be performed at Court, Bath, and all Public Assemblys; Printed and sold by J. Gray, Bury St Edmunds; Article and PDFs at EATMT website, JC's ABCs including the dances, see also some of THOMPSON's 24 Country Dance books, also composed by Mr Gray
  • HAMILTON'S Universal Tune-book ed James Hanson, a collection of the melodies of all nations, adapted for violin, flute, clarinet, etc.; Glasgow, W.Hamilton(1853), PDF, JC's ABCs
  • HARDING'S All-Round Collection of Jigs, Reels and Country Dances, for Piano, Violin, Flute or Mandolin; New York: Harding's Music House, 1905; Petrucci JPGs at ezfolk. Also some ABCs on Bill Black's site, (but some edits and key changes have been made) here
  • HODSOLL & Goulding; The Gentleman's Musical Companion, Being A Collection of Favorite Airs, Rondos, Marches, Songs, Glees, Dances & Duets Composed or Selected from the New Musical Publications And Adapted for the Flute or Violin; London: W. Hodsoll, & Goulding & Co., n.d. after 1791; Petrucci
  • HOWE; The Musician's Companion, 1850; part I. First Part of the Musician's Companion: containing 18 setts of cotillions arranged with figures, and a large number of popular marches, quick-steps, waltzes, hornpipes, contra dances, songs, &c. several of which are in three parts - first, second, & bass, for the Flute, Violin, Clarionett, Bass-Viol [i.e. Cello or Double Bass - not gamba viol], &c. Also, several New and Popular Pieces in 6 and 8 parts, for a Brass Band, viz. Eb Bugle, Bb Bugle, Bb Post Horn, Bb Cornopean, Tenor Trombone, Bass Trombone, First Orphecleide [sic], Second Orphecleide, &c. containing in all over 300 pieces of music, more than 100 of which are original. Compiled by Elias Howe Jr. and arranged by Messrs. A.F. Knight and H. Seipp, of the Boston Brigade Band. PDF at Internet Archive, JC's ABCs including the dances; part II. Second Part of the Musician's Companion: containing 36 setts of cotillions arranged with figures, and a large number of popular marches, quick-steps, waltzes, hornpipes, contra dances, songs, &c. several of which are in three parts - first, second, & bass, for the Flute, Violin, Clarionett, Bass-Viol, &c. containing in all over 400 pieces of music, more than 100 of which are original. Compiled by Elias Howe, Jr. PDF at Internet Archive, JC's ABCs including the dances; part III. Third Part of the Musician's Companion: containing 40 setts of cotillions arranged with figures, and a large number of popular marches, quick-steps, waltzes, hornpipes, contra dances, songs, &c. several of which are in three parts - first, second, & bass, for the Flute, Violin, Clarionett, Bass-Viol, &c. containing in all over 500 pieces of music, more than 150 of which are original, or have never before been published in this country. Compiled by Elias Howe, Jr. Boston; Elias Howe, 1842 etc. various subsequent publishers; Petrucci, PDF at Internet Archive, JC's ABCs including the dances.
  • HOWE; New Violin Without a Master, containing New and Complete Rules and Exercises, and all necessary Instruction, together with upwards of five hundred pieces of music, embracing Scotch and Irish Airs, Polkas, Waltzes, Marches, Quicksteps, Contra and Fancy Dances, Quadrilles, &c.; Boston: Elias Howe, 1870; Petrucci Internet Archive
  • HOWE; School for the Clarinet; containing new and complete instructions for the Clarionett, with a large collection of favorite marches, quick-steps, waltzes, hornpipes, contra dances, songs, and six setts of cotillions, arranged with figures, containing over 150 pieces of music. ed. Elias Howe, or perhaps Henry Tolman? Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1851. Petrucci Internet Archive
  • HOWE; School for the Flageolet, containing new and complete instructions for the Clarionett, with a large collection of favorite marches, quick-steps, waltzes, hornpipes, contra dances, songs, and six setts of cotillions, arranged with figures, containing over 150 pieces of music. ed. Elias Howe Boston, or perhaps Henry Tolman?; Elias Howe, 1843; Petrucci Internet Archive
  • JOHNSON; 24 Country Dances for the Year 1766 With proper tunes and directions to each dance, as they are performed at Court, Bath, Tunbridge and all Publick Assemblys; London, Johnson; File:JOHNSON 24 1766.PDF, Petrucci (says 1776 in error), JC's ABCs
  • JOHNSON; Caledonian Country Dances - See WALSH & JOHNSON below.
  • JOHNSON; Choice Collection of Favorite (200) Country Dances. Vol.1; London: perhaps after c1750?; Similar but not identical to Wright's Complete Collection of (200) Celebrated Country Dances. Vol. 1, whose stock Johnson seems to have acquired; See below under WRIGHT. vmpABCs
  • JOHNSON; Choice Collection of Favorite (200) Country Dances. Vol.2; London: perhaps after c1750?; Similar but not identical to Wright's Complete Collection of (200) Celebrated Country Dances. Vol. 2, whose stock Johnson seems to have acquired; See below under WRIGHT. vmpABCs
  • JOHNSON; Choice Collection of Favorite (200) Country Dances. Vol.3; London: 1744; BritLib. Bodleian Library (Oxford)fax. vmpABCs
  • JOHNSON; Choice Collection of Favorite (200) Country Dances. Vol.4 ; London: 1748; Mitchell Lib.fax. BritLib. vmpABCs
  • JOHNSON; Choice Collection of Favorite (200) Country Dances. Vol.5 ; London: 1750; Mitchell Lib-fax. LibCong.MT 960.C485 vmpABCs
  • JOHNSON; Choice Collection of Favorite (200) Country Dances. Vol.6 ; London: 1751; Bodleian Library Oxford. fax Harding Mus F.346 vmpABCs
  • JOHNSON; Choice Collection of Favorite (200) Country Dances. Vol.7 ; London: 1756; BritLib.VWML
  • JONES, Edward; Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards, Musical and Poetical Relicks of the Welsh Bards: Preserved by Tradition, and Authentic Manuscripts, from Remote Antiquity; Never Before Published. To the Tunes are added Variations for the Harp, Harpsichord, Violin, or Flute. With a Choice Collection of the Penillion, Epigrammatic Stanzas, or, Native Pastoral Sonnets of Wales, with English Translations. Likewise a History of the Bards from the Earliest Period to the Present Time: And an Account of their Music, Poetry, and Musical Instruments, with a Delineation of the Latter. ; London: The Author, 1784; PDF at Petrucci
  • KAUNTZE; Kauntze's Collection of the most favorite Dances. Reels. Waltzes. &c. for the Piano Forte or Harp. London Kauntze n.d.(late 18thC); PDF at Petrucci, JC's ABCs
  • KERR'S Merry Melodies 4 vols; Glasgow; Kerr, late 19thC, still in print; Excellent collection of Reels, Strathspeys, Hornpipes, Jigs, Waltzes, Country Dances etc. 445 tunes in each volume.
  • KILVINGTON,Thomas; Twelve Country Dances with their Proper Figures; by T.Kilvington of York (Dancing Master), printed by Preston, London; c1810-12; Reprint available from York Waits
  • LONGMAN & CO; 24 Country Dances for the Year 1770, With proper Directions to each Dance as they are Perform'd at Court & Almacks, Bath, Scarborough, Tunbridge, & all other Publick Assemblys; London, Longman & C0; Petrucci, JC's ABCs
  • LONGMAN & BRODERIP; 24 American Country Dances as Danced by the British during their Winter Quarters at Philadelphia, New York, & Charles Town. Collected by Mr. Hezekiah Cantelo Musician at Bath, where they are now Dancing for the first time in Britain, with the addition of Six Favorite Minuets now performing this present Spring Season; London Longman & Broderip 1785; Petrucci
  • LONGMAN & Broderip's Compleat Collection of 200 Favorite Country Dances; London: 1781; Brit.Lib
  • LONGMAN & Broderip's (first- ) Selection of the Most Favorite Country Dances, reels, &c., with their proper figures, for the harp, harpsichord and violin; London, Printed by Longman and Broderip n.d.(178?) Lib.Con.ref
  • LONGMAN & Broderip's Fifth Selection of the Most Admired Dances, Reels, Minuets & Cottilons; London: Longman & Broderip, ca. 1786.
  • LONGMAN and Broderip’s Sixth Selection of the Most Admired Dances, reels, minuets & cotillons with their proper figures ...; London, The editors (178-?) Lib.Con.ref
  • LONGMAN & LUKEY; 24 New London Contra Dances for the Year 1776 with proper tunes and directions to each dance as they are performed at Court Bath and all Publick Assemblys, the figures or directions by the most eminent masters; 26 Cheapside, London; Evidently the fourth in a series as it goes from tunes 73 to 96; Mitchell Library, Glasgow.
  • LONGMAN, Lukey & Broderip; A Pocket Book for the Guitar, With Directions Whereby ev'ry Lady & Gentleman may become their own Tuner, To which is Added suitable to the refin'd Taste of the present Age and Entertaining Collection of Songs, Duets, Airs, Minuets, Marches, &c.; London: Longman, Lukey & Broderip, n.d. (ca.1775); Petrucci
  • MARSDEN, Thomas; Collection of Lancashire Hornpipes, 'A collection of original Lancashire Hornpipes old and new containing divisions upon each for the treble violin being the first of its kind'; London, 1705; republished as part of Three Extraordinary Collections, Early 18th century dance music for those who play publick; Pete Stewart; Hornpipe Music, Pencaitland, 2007; A review on Mustrad, Pete has made vmpABCs available
  • MAY, John Alexander; A Selection of the Most Favorite Songs, etc. (ed. May, John Alexander)comprising of:- 1. Theatrical Music.A Miscellaneous Collection of Favorite Airs. A Complete Set of Marches, Quick Steps, &c. Favorite Airs Arranged for Three German Flutes &c: 2. A Select Collection of Original Scottish Airs, according to the most approved style: 3. A Collection of the Most Favorite Irish Airs: 4. A Select Collection of Original Welch Airs; Glasgow: J.McFadyen, n.d. (ca1810); Petrucci, Contents list
  • McGIBBON,William; A Collection of Scots Tunes, some with Variations for a Violin, Hautboy, or German-Flute: with a Bass for a Violoncello or Harpsichord; first pub. ca1742-46-55 by Richard Cooper, Edinburgh, three oblong folio vols/bks ; then six Octavo books by Rutherford later 1750s, and then oblong quarto by Bremner in 1760s; Bks 1-3 Octavo edition,London: D. Rutherford, n.d.; Petrucci Contents list; Bks 1-4 2nd or later (with additions by Bremner) oblong quarto edition, London: Robert Bremner, n.d.(ca.1760)
  • O'FARRELL; Pocket Companion for the Irish or Union Pipes, Being a grand selection of favorite Tunes both Scotch and Irish, Adapted for the Pipes, Flute, Flageolet and Violin. Some of which was never before Published. With some favorite Duetts for the above Instruments; Unidentified publisher, n.d. also London: Goulding & Company, n.d. (1806); Petrucci Internet Archive
  • OSWALD,James; The Caledonian Pocket Companion, containing all the Favourite Scotch Tunes with their Variations for the German Flute with an index to the whole By James Oswald; London; variously books or volumes, various publishers including J.Simpson, Straight and Skillern, Robert Bremner ca1750, and beginning with himself; Vols 1-8 Petrucci etc Internet Archive, Vols 8,11,12 Internet Archive, Six Volumes NLS
  • Oude en Nieuwe Hollantse Boerenlieties en Contredansen, Anon, 1700-16, Holland, 996 tunes in PDF and ABC form, from the same period as the later Playford's, might make an interesting comparison from our near neighbour, maritime rival, and I believe William of Orange originated from there. Simon Plantings website
  • PEACOCK,John; Favorite collection of tunes with variations adapted for the Northumberland small pipes, violin or flute; 'Printed by W. WRIGHT at His Music Shop, High Bridge' Newcastle 1800-05; Farne, PDF
  • PETRIE,Robert; A Collection of Strathspeys, Reels & Country Dances with a Bass for the Violoncello or Harpsichord; 1790 Petrucci Highland Music Trust
  • PLAYFORD,Henry; A Collection of Original Scotch-tunes, (full of the highland humours) for the violin : being the first of this kind yet printed : most of them being in the compass of the flute; London, printed by Wm Pearson for H.Playford, 1700; PDF
  • PLAYFORD,John; An Introduction to the Skill of Musick, in three books : The first contains the grounds and rules of musick, according to the gam-ut, and other principles thereof. The second, instructions and lessons both for the bass-viol and treble-violin. The third, the art of descant, or composing musick in parts: in a more plain and easie method than any heretofore published. Originally published in 1654 as: A breefe introduction to the skill of musick;1664 edition; This 2nd Ed London 1694; PDFs at Internet Archive
  • PLAYFORD,John; Apollo's Banquet: containing Instructions, and Variety of New Tunes, Ayres, Jiggs, and several new Scotch Tunes for the Treble-Violin. To which is added the tunes of the newest French Dances, now used at Court and in Dancing Schools; London: John Playford, 1669; Petrucci Internet Archive
  • PLAYFORD,John et al; The Dancing Master, 3 Vols. A complicated and longlasting work, more detail below. See Robert M.Keller's Illustrated Compendium for images of many of the surviving editions, Wiki, An overview by Andew Kuntz - [2]
  • PLAYFORD,John et al; The Dancing Master,Vol.1 or, Directions for dancing country dances, with the tunes to each dance, for the treble-violin, ; 17 editions, London: John Playford, Henry Playford, John Walsh, 1651-1728 ; See Robert M.Keller's Illustrated Compendium, vmpABCs available at CGP's website, transcribed from Jeremy Barlow's book "The Complete Country Dance Tunes From Playford's Dancing Master" [[3]] ; 2nd ed. 1653, The second Edition, Enlarged and Corrected from many grosse Errors which were in the former Edition J.Lee's HTML version; 10th ed.Printed by J.Heptinstall, for H.Playford,1698 Petrucci Lib.Con; 14th ed 1709 Petrucci Internet Archive; 18th ed., containing 358 of the choicest old and new tunes now used at court and other publick places. The whole work rev. and done on the new-ty’d note, and much more correct than any former editions; London: Printed by W. Pearson; [S.l.] : Sold by E. Midwinter and J. Young, 1725?; Lib.Con.ref; There are many other editions available as PDF at the Petrucci site - beware some very large files!
  • PLAYFORD,John et al; The Dancing Master,Vol.2 or, Directions for dancing country dances, with the tunes to each dance, for the treble-violin, containing 360 of the choicest old and new tunes now used at court, and other publick places. ,See Robert M.Keller's Illustrated Compendium, 1st edition probably ca.1710; London: Henry Playford; 4th ed., The whole work revised and done on the new-ty’d-note, and much more correct than any former editions; London, Printed by W. Pearson and sold by J. Young, 1728 Lib.Con.ref, Lib.Con, vmpABCs of Vol 2, 4th ed. complete with dance instructions
  • PLAYFORD,John et al; The Dancing Master,Vol.3 or, Directions for dancing country dances, with the tunes to each dance, for the treble-violin, , ca1713-26; London: Henry Playford, See Robert M.Keller's Illustrated Compendium, vmpABCs of Vol 3, 2nd ed., complete with dance instructions
  • PLAYFORD,John; The Delightful Companion: or, choice new lessons for the Recorder or Flute, no date, Petrucci
  • PLAYFORD,John; The Division Violin: Containing A Collection of Divisions upon several Grounds for the Treble-Violin. being the first Musick of this kind made publick; 2nd edition; London:John Playford, 1685; 3rd edition London:Henry Playford, 1688; 6th edition London: John Walsh, n.d.(1705);Petrucci Nanki Internet Archive
  • PLAYFORD,John; Musick's delight on the cithren : restored and refined to a more easie and pleasant manner of playing than formerly ; and set forth with lessons al a mode, being the choicest of our late new ayres, corants, sarabands, tunes, and jiggs, (1666), PDF
  • PRESTON,Thos; 24 Country Dances for the Year 1801; With proper tunes and directions to each dance, as they are performed at Court, Bath and all Public Assemblies.; London, Thos Preston; Private collection;vmpABCs
  • PRESTON, & Son; New and complete tutor for the violoncello : wherein the present much improv'd method of fingering is clearly & fully explained, shewing by sections of the fingerboard the various modes of fingering in different keys, as used by the most eminent masters : to which is annexed for the improvement & practice of the student a selection of admired Italian, French, English, Scotch, & Irish airs : and also by permission of the patentee a drawing of the new invented patent fingerboard; London, 1785; PDF
  • PRESTON,John; The Compleat Tutor for the Violin, The Entire New and Compleat Tutor for the Violin, containing the easiest and best Methods for Learners to obtain a Proficiency with some useful Directions, Lessons, Graces &c. by Geminiani. To which is added a favourite Collection of Airs, Marches, Minuets, Song Tunes &c.; London: John Preston, n.d. (ca1778); The mention of Geminiani on the title-page is little more than a lure for the buyer of this small method; there is no music by Geminiani, and only a few passages in the text can be traced back to Geminiani's Treatise on the Violin; PDF at IA, PDF at Petrucci
  • RIDDELL, Robert; A Collection of Scotch, Galwegian and Border Tunes; 1794; Although the tunes are set for fiddle and harpsichord, they include a number of variation sets and other tunes that became popular in the Northumbrian piping tradition, plus the fiddle pibroch Mackintosh's Lament; PDF
  • RANDALL,William; 24 Country Dances for the Year 1771, With proper Tunes and Directions to each Dance as they are Performed at Court, & All Polite Assemblys Set for the Violin, German Flute or Hautboy; London Wm Randall; Petrucci, JC's ABCs
  • RANDALL,William; 24 Country Dances for the Year 1776, With proper Tunes and Directions to each Dance as they are Performed at Court, & All Polite Assemblys Set for the Violin, German Flute or Hautboy; London Wm Randall; vmpABCs including dance descriptions
  • RUTHERFORD Complete Collection of 200 Country Dances Vol.3; London: David & John Rutherford 1775; National Library of Ireland. Dublin. JM 5740
  • RYAN's Mammoth Collection of Fiddle Tunes; Boston, Massachusetts 1884; c1000 tunes, English, Irish, Scottish and American, Reprinted 1995; ABCs
  • SHAW, Oliver; A Selection of Marches, Airs, Minuets, etc., For the gentlemen. A favourite selection of instrumental music: calculated for the use of schools and musical societies. Consisting principally of marches, airs, minuets, &c. Written chiefly in 4 parts, viz. two clarionetts, flute and basson; or two violins, flute, and violoncello. Likewise, the musical characters, with the scales, or gamuts for the several instruments, to which the music is adapted. ; Dedham, [Mass.]: H. Mann, 1807.; Petrucci, Sibley Library
  • SKILLERN,Thomas; Skillern's Compleat Collection of Two Hundred & Four Reels...Country Dances; London 1780; Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Scotland,F acs
  • SMART,G; New Collection of Favorite Country Dances, set by Monsieur Boutmont; pub G.Smart, Oxford St. London circa 1775; 24 tunes and dances; Mitchell Library, Glasgow
  • STEWART,N; A Select Collection of Scots, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, Jiggs & Marches, with some of the Newest & most Fashionable Reels &c Adapted for the German Flute, Violin & Fife; Edinburgh: N. Stewart, n.d. (1784); University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland; Petrucci
  • STRAIGHT,Thomas (Jnr); 24 Favourite Dances for the Year 1779, With Proper Directions to each Dance, as they are performed at Court, Bath, and all Publick Assemblys; London 1779; JPGs at VWML with ABC Transcriptions, JC's ABCs
  • STRAIGHT,Thomas (Jnr); 24 Favourite Dances for the Year 1783, With Proper Directions to each Dance, as they are performed at Court, Bath, and all Publick Assemblys; London 1783; JPGs at VWML with ABC Transcriptions, JC's ABCs
  • STRAIGHT,Thomas (Jnr); 24 Favourite Dances for the Year 1784, With Proper Directions to each Dance, as they are performed at Court, Bath, and all Publick Assemblys; London 1784; JPGs at VWML (last 4 pages only), JC's ABCs
  • STRAIGHT & SKILLERN; 204 Country Dances Perform'd at Court, Almacks, the Pantheon, and most Publick Assembly's, with the newest and best directions for Dancing each. Set for the Violin, German Flute and Hoboy; Vol:1.; London: Straight & Skillern, n.d. ca.1775;Petrucci; JC's ABCs
  • STRANGE,W; London, "Musical Bouquet" periodical 1845 - 1917. Paternoster Row, London; website
  • SUTHERLAND,J; Edinburgh Repository of Music, Containing the most select English, Scottish & Irish Airs, Reels, Strathspeys &c. arranged for the German-Flute or Violin ; Edinburgh n.d.; Petrucci, JC's ABCs
  • THOMPSON; 24 Country Dances for the Year 1771 With etc; London Thompson; Petrucci, JC's ABCs
  • THOMPSON; 24 Country Dances for the Year 1791 With etc; London Thompson; Petrucci, JC's ABCs
  • THOMPSON; 24 Country Dances for the Year 1796 With etc; London Thompson; Library of Congress, Washington, DC, M1450.T45.1796 Case,Facs
  • THOMPSON; 24 Country Dances for the Year 1797 With etc; London Thompson; Yale University Library, New Haven, CT, -M:U:S,RARE M1450 T97 1790,Facs
  • THOMPSON; 24 Country Dances for the Year 1798 With etc; London Thompson; Library of Congress, Washington, DC, M1450 T45 1798 Case,Facs
  • THOMPSON; 24 Country Dances for the Year 1799 With etc; London Thompson; New York Public Library, Performing Arts, New York, NY,MUS.RES.+MGS(ENGLIS
  • THOMPSON; 24 Country Dances for the Year 1800 With etc; London Thompson; Central Library, Cardiff, Wales, Facs
  • THOMPSON; 24 Country Dances for the Year 1802 With figures to each dance as they are performed at Court, Bath and all Publick Assemblys; London Thompson; File:Thompson 24 1802.PDF, JC's ABCs
  • THOMPSON; 24 Country Dances for the Year 1805 Composed by Mr Gray. Adapted for the violin, german flute, obe etc., with figures; London Thompson; File:ThompsGray 24 1805.PDF, JC's ABCs
  • THOMPSON; Collection of Quick Marches with Basses, as perform'd by the Guards, Light Horse, and other Regiments, collected by Captn. Robert Hinde ... adapted for the German Flute, Violin, or Hoboy, and Piano Forte; London: C. & S. Thompson, n.d.(between 1764-1776); Petrucci
  • THOMPSON; Compleat Collection of 120 Favorite Hornpipes; London; C & S Thompson n.d.(between 1764-1776), Amazon; vmpABCs
  • THOMPSON; Compleat Collection of Country Dance Tunes Vol.1; London: Peter Thompson 1751-57; Bodleian Library (Oxford)..VWML.QS 35.4 2291; vmpABCs; PDF of transcription
  • THOMPSON; Compleat Collection of Country Dance Tunes Vol.2; London: Thompson 1758-64; Bodleian Library (Oxford).VWMLQS 35.4 2274; vmpABCs, PDF of transcription
  • THOMPSON; Compleat Collection of Country Dance Tunes Vol.3; London: Thompson 1765-72; Bodleian Library (Oxford).Forbes Library. NorthamptonMA. V4DF.T37MA; vmpABCs, PDF of transcription
  • THOMPSON; Compleat Collection of Country Dance Tunes Vol.4; London: Thompson 1773-80; Bodleian Library (Oxford).British Library. a.223.g; vmpABCs, PDF of transcription
  • THOMPSON; Compleat Collection of Country Dance Tunes Vol.5; London: Thompson 1788; Bodleian Library (Oxford).Harding Mus 229.e.8; Thompson Revisited A reprint (2007), revision and translation of 'Thompson's Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances' Volume 5, published in London, England in 1789. Containing music and dance instruction for all 200 dances covering the years 1781 through 1788.
  • THOMPSON; Compleat Collection of Country Dance Tunes Vol.6; London: Thompson n.d.; assumed to have existed!
  • Thompson,C&S; Twelve Minuets & Twelve (country) Dances 'for a Violin, Hautboy and Harpsichord composed by Michael Dabney of Northampton' (later spelt Dobney) ; London: C&S Thompson n.d.(between 1764-1776); Petrucci, JC's ABCs
  • THOMPSON; Forty Eight English, Irish and Scotch Airs with Variations by Burke Thumoth; London Thompson, Samuel, Ann and Peter, n.d. (between 1780-92); British Library, London, England,:E.341.:A,Facs
  • THOMPSON; The Hibernian Muse; London Thompson, Samuel, Ann and Peter, n.d. (between 1780-92); JC's ABCs
  • THOMSON; Collection of the Songs of Burns, Sir Walter Scott Bart. and other eminent lyric Poets Ancient & Modern united to the Select Melodies of Scotland, and of Ireland & Wales with Symphonies & Accompaniments for the Piano Forte by Pleyel, Haydn, Beethoven &c. the whole composed for & collected by George Thomson; London: Preston & co, c.1822-1825; Petrucci
  • THUMOTH,Burke; Forty Eight English, Irish and Scotch Airs with Variations see Thompson.
  • TOPLIFF,Robert; Selection of the Most Popular Melodies of the Tyne and the Wear consisting of 24 original airs peculiar to the counties of Durham and Northumberland, three of which are harmonized with appropriate words, symphonies and accompaniments and the remainder variously arranged for the piano forte; London Holborn Topliff, 1815; Farne
  • URBANI & LISTON; A Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs; Edinburgh for U&L, ca1800, JPGs at VWML (with many missing pages), JC's ABCs
  • WALSH,John & JOHNSON.J; Caledonian Country Dances with a Thorough Bass for the Harpsicord, Being a Collection of all the Celebrated Scotch and English Country Dances now in Vogue, with Proper Directions to each Dance. Perform'd at Court, and Publick Entertainments. For the Harpsicord, Violin, Hoboy, or German Flute; London. This collection is hardly more 'Caledonian' than other ordinary collections, containing much the same selection. First published by J.Walsh and then by J.Johnson, early 18thC; Bk1- 1731, 2nd ed.- 1735, 3rd ed.-1737; Bk2-ca1736, 1737; Bk3- ca1740; Bk4- ca1744, 2nd. ed.- ca1745. (List in Gore's SFMI. W3: = book 5 of above, or also called Vol. 2, part 1.) Petrucci Internet Archive, Internet Archive, JC's ABCs
  • WALSH; The Celebrated Comic Tunes to the Opera Dances as Perform'd at the King's Theatre in the Hay Market. To which is added several of the most Celebrated Dances perform'd at both Theatres by Sigr. Sodi, Sigr. Auretti, &c. Never before Printed. For the Harpsicord, Violin, or German Flute. Compos'd by the most Eminent Italian Authors. London, J.Walsh, n.d.(18thC); PDF at Petrucci, PDF at Internet Archive


  • WALSH,John; The Compleat Country Dancing-Master; The 1718/9 editions (called here Series1) were "issued in the precise style of the later copies of Playford's ' Dancing Master ' ; the contents in fact were almost identical to, and no doubt intended to intercept the sale of, the original," F.Kidson; Beginning again in 1731, Walsh issued a set of country dance books with 300 dances, two to a page(called here Series2). In the 1740s he started a new series of 204 dances, reusing many of the older plates in new sequences (called here Series3). He advertised the 6-book set in 1754. A fuller explanation is here at EASMES. This is a complicated and confusing series consisting of books, volumes, editions etc, briefly something like as follows...(and I know for sure there are inconsistences in this list, which I will gradually eliminate)


    • series1,vol.1; 1718 Particularly those perform'd at the several Masquerades; 364 tunes; London; British Library. a.4.(1); Library of Congress, Washington, DC, M1450.A2C7 Case,Facs
    • series1,vol.2; 1719; The Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing Master-(different from Playford Vol 2nd), 376 tunes; London; British Library. a.4.(2.); Library of Congress, Washington, DC, M1450.A2C7 Case,Facs


    • series2,vol.1; 1731 ed; 300 tunes; London; British Library. a.4.a; Same as the following? 1735ed; 300 tunes; London; British Library. a.4.d;1760ed; Same as the following? 300 tunes; London; Birmingham University Library. Shaw-Hellier 279
    • series2,vol.2; 1736; 3rd Ed? ; London; Birmingham University Library. Shaw-Hellier 280; Same as the following? The Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing Master; The British Library, London, England, O:XU,MUS.5373,Facs
    • series2,vol.3; 1735; The Third Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master; 3rd book of..300 tunes; London; X-Conant(?)
    • series2,vol.4; Fourth Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master(ed); 204 tunes; Bodleian Library, Oxford, England, MUS.5374,Facs


    • series3,vol.1; n.d.ca.1740; This edition is called 4th ed. on the first frontispiece and the book called Volume the Fourth on the next, then at the end of the volume it says End of the First Volume, illustrating the difficulties underlying the whole set; Being a Collection of all the Celebrated Country Dances now in Vogue. Perform'd at Court, the Theatres, Masquerades, and Publick Balls With Proper Tunes and Directions to each Dance. The Tunes fitted for the Violin, Hoboy, or German Flute; London: John Walsh, 204 tunes; This volume re-uses many old plates with the tunes crudely re-numbered; University of Birmingham. Shaw-Hellier, 279. Smith and Humphries, 514; This and the following volume can be found bound together in - 18thC collections online Newcastle Uni.; Petrucci, vmpABC file by Peter Dunk
    • series3,vol.2; 1749; The Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master, Containing Great variety of dances, both Old and New, Particularly those performed at the several Masquerades, together with all the Choicest and most Noted Country Dances, the Third Edition; 204 tunes; This volume re-uses many old plates with the tunes crudely re-numbered; University of Birmingham. Shaw-Hellier, 280. Smith and Humphries 514 ;This and the preceding volume can be found bound together in - 18thC collections online Newcastle Uni.; Petrucci; vmpABC file by Peter Dunk
    • series3,vol.3; 1749; 204 tunes; London;University of Birmingham. Shaw-Hellier, 281. Smith and Humphries 514 ;
    • series3,vol.3; (1755ed.); 202 tunes; London; Birmingham University Library. Shaw-Hellier 282;
    • series3,vol.4 1747; 204 tunes; London; University of Birmingham. S-H, 282. S-H, 514. Missing pgs. from Bodleian; National Library of Ireland. Dublin. JM6078 (1755ed.)
    • series3,vol.5; 1754; 204 tunes; London; British Library. a.9.w; University of Birmingham. Shaw-Hellier, 283. Smith and Humphries, 514


  • WALSH; The New Country Dancing Master 2nd Book 1710; London, Walsh, I. and P. Randall; 155 tunes; Sandeman Public Library, Perth, Scotland. Smith, 372; Dated from advertisement in "The Tatler", Nov. 14-16, 1710. "The First and Second Volumes of the New Country Dancing-Master are reprinted."
  • WALSH; The New Country Dancing Master 3rd Book 1728; London, Walsh, I. and Ioseph Hare; 160 tunes; The British Library a.8. Smith and Humphries 515
  • WALSH,John; Country Dances Selected As Perform'd at Court and all Publick Assemblies and Entertainments. For the Harpsicord, Violin, German Flute, or Hoboy. with proper Directions to each Dance. 2 Vols, 74pp; London: John Walsh, n.d.ca1748; Petrucci etc.Internet Archive, JC's ABCs
  • WALSH,John; Some Walsh collections are being ABC'd by John Chambers here
  • WALSH,John; Third Book of the Most Celebrated Jiggs, Lancashire Hornpipes, 'The Third Book of the most celebrated jiggs, Lancashire hornpipes, Scotch and Highland lilts, Northern frisks, Morris's and Cheshire rounds with hornpipes the bagpipe manner, to which is added the Black Joak, the White Joak, the Brown,, the Red, and the Yellow Joaks. With variety of whims and fancies of diff'rent humour, fitted to the genious of publick performers.'; London, 1730; republished as part of Three Extraordinary Collections, Early 18th century dance music for those who play publick; Pete Stewart; Hornpipe Music, Pencaitland, 2007; A review on Mustrad, Pete has made vmpABCs available
  • WATLEN,John; The Celebrated Circus Tunes Perform'd at Edinburgh this Season, With The Addition of Some New Reels and Strathspeys Set For The Piano Forte or Violin and Bass [cello] by John Watlen; Edinburgh: for the Author, n.d. (ca.1790); Petrucci
  • WHITE, Jean; 100 Popular Hornpipes, Reels, Jigs and Country Dances for Violin'; Boston: Jean White, 1880; Facsimile at Library of Congress, JC's ABCs
  • WILSON,Thomas; A Companion to the Ball Room, containing a choice collection of the most Original and Admired Country Dances, Reels, Hornpipes, Waltzes, and Quadrills, &c &c with appropriate Figures to Each. The Etiquette and a Dissertation on the State of the Ball Room; London: D. Mackay, n.d. (ca.1816); Petrucci vmpABCs
  • WRIGHT,D; Extraordinary Collection of Pleasant and Merry Humours,'An Extraordinary collection of pleasant and merry humours never before published containing hornpipes, jiggs, North Country Frisks, Morris's,Bagpipe hornpipes, & rounds with severall additonal fancis added, fit for all those that play publick'; London 1713; republished as Three Extraordinary Collections, Early 18th century dance music for those who play publick; ; Pete Stewart; Hornpipe Music, Pencaitland, 2007; A review on Mustrad, Pete has made vmpABCs available
  • WRIGHT,D; Compleat Collection of (200) Celebrated Country Dances; Both old and new that are in vogue, with the newest and best directions to each dance, the whole carefully corrected; Vol 1; London Printed for J.Johnson n.d.(c1740); Mitchell LibM9114; New York Public Library JPGs at VWML with ABC transcriptions JC's ABCs,
  • WRIGHT,D; Compleat Collection of (200) Celebrated Country Dances; Both old and new that are in vogue, with the newest and best directions to each dance, the whole carefully corrected; Vol.2; London: 1742; Mitchell LibM9115-fax,
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