And there is more to it than this, for dancing is practised to reveal
whether lovers are in good health and sound of limb, after which they
are permitted to kiss their mistresses in order that they may touch
and savour one another, thus to ascertain if they are shapely or emit
an unpleasant odour as of bad meat. Therefore, from this standpoint,
quite apart from the many other advantages to be derived from dancing,
it becomes an essential in a well ordered society.
Thoinot Arbeau, Orchesography (1589), trans. Mary Stewart Evans
(Images from Dover edition of Arbeau)
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Western European music in the SCA period has long been studied under
the name `early music.' There are many groups which perform such music
and many sources should be available in a good library. In addition,
there is Usenet newsgroup, rec.music.early, which covers this topic.
You may also obtain this newsgroup via a mailing list.
Songs / Minstrels / "Bardic Arts"
In the SCA, you'll often find solo music performances lumped in with
poetry, juggling, and other performances arts under the term "Bardic
These areas are covered on their own page, the Minstrel Homepage. Almost all of the music
material there is repeated here.
Dance Music is mostly covered in the SCA
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- Introductory Materials
- Mailing lists:
- Primary & Secondary Sources on the Web
- 15th century French chansons
- 300 printed anthologies from the 16th century
at the RISM UK site
- Early Music Online (16th century facsimiles)
- Computerized Mensural Music Editing Project
- The Italian Madrigal (1580-1605)
- The Laborde,
chansoniers (all late 15th century)
- Tratado de Glosas (Diego Ortiz, c1519-c1570) (no translations)
- The Troubadours (H.J. Chaytor, 1912)
- Books in the Universal Library -- Download a djvu client to read them
- Llibre Vermell de Montserratt
- Bringing Live Music back into the Living Room (about 1/2 pre-1600)
- Varietie of Lute-Lessons (London: Thomas Adams, 1610) by Robert Dowland (PDF at shipbrook.net)
- The First Set of English Madrigals to 3, 4, 5, and 6 Voices (London: Thomas Fiste, 1598) by John Wilbye (PDF at shipbrook.net)
- A Musicall Dreame, or the Fourth Booke of Ayres (London: Simon Waterson, 1609) by Robert Jones (PDF at shipbrook.net)
- Early English Musick, 1385-1714 (a chronology of composers and works)
- Texts on Music in English (Medieval and Early Modern)
- The Dowland Lute MS (with transcription)
- The Copenhagen Chasonnier (15th century, commentary in Swedish)
- Adam de la Halle: Le Jeu de Robin et Marion (with commentary in french)
- Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum (music theory texts in Latin)
- The Medieval Music Database
- The Cantigas de Santa Maria and The Cantigas de Santa Maria for singers
- Medieval Melodies for Filking
- The Music of Thomas Ravenscroft (c. 1609-1614) (5 books)
- Thomas Deloney's Works (d. 1600)
- Sixteenth Century Ballads
- The Keyboard Music of William Byrd (1543-1623)
- Robert ap Huw's manuscript
- Troubadour Melodies Database
- Lyrics of the Troubadours
- Papal Patronage and the Music of St. Peter's, 1380-1513 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995) by Christopher A. Reynolds
- English Lute Songs
- Suggest a link.
- Ornamentation: a few pages from Conforto's Breve et facile maniera d'essercitarsi ad ogni scolaro
- MIDI files and modern editions
- Instrument-specific resources:
viola da gamba,
- Academic Organizations / Societies
- Vendors: see the Juried Merchants List Music & Dance Index
Non-Western Music and Dance
I don't have that much good information on non-Western dance or music,
but there are a couple of sources of middle-eastern info on the Web.
Finally, there is a
generic homepage for music-related resources at Indiana.
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