Posted by Kali on November 17, 1997 at 00:26:13:
In response to How do you know the dates?, written by P. Bingham on November 16, 1997 at 23:07:32
I took a look at the Emma 3 page and none of these dances or songs have any dates. I went on to Eric Foxley's Traditional English Dance Music Database, which was terrific, but it didn't have any dates either. How do you know which ones were from the eighteenth or early nineteenth century? I think most of those Christmas songs are Victorian. How do you find these kinds of sources?
The Playford Dancing Master I link to, I believe, includes dances from throughout the seventeenth century into the early eighteenth. These are the dances whose dates I'm certain of: "Mr. Beveridge's Maggot" 1695, "Mad Robin" is dated 1687, "Gathering Peascods" to 1651, "The Guidman of Ballangigh" 1696, &c. As for the others, I don't know...the best way to find out the latest limit year would probably be to search for the publication dates of Palmer's editions (of which the Cambridge link is a compilation) of the Playfords.
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