The Regency Ballroom
English Country Dance Music from the era of Jane Austen

Sources for The Regency Ballroom:

Aldrich, Elizabeth. From the Ballroom to Hell: Grace and Folly in Nineteenth-Century Dance (Evanston, IL: Northwest Univ. Press, 1991).

Chivers, G.M.S. The Modern Dancing Master. (London, 1822).

Clarchies, Louis Julien. Recueil des contre-danses et walzes. (A Paris: Chez Frère, 1815?).

Dale. Dale’s Collection of Reels and Dances No. 4. (London n.d., but c.1800; could be anywhere from 1795 to 1820). Original in the library of Glasgow University, bound together in one volume with Dale's Nos. 3, 6 and 7.

The Court & Bath Collection of Country Dances, Reels & Waltz's expressly appointed to be performed for the year 1804; adapted for the piano forte, harp or violin. (London: Wheatstone's Music Warehouse, 1804?).

Keller, Camus, Keller and Cifaldi. Early American Music and Its European Sources 1589-1839. An Index [CD-rom] compiled by Robert M. Keller, Raoul F. Camus, Kate Van Winkle Keller, and Susan Cifaldi. (Severna Park, MD: The Colonial Music Institute, 2002).

Perkins, Whittier. “A Collection of Dancing Tunes, Marches & Song Tunes.” (manuscript, 1790; in the Butler Library, Columbia Univ.).

Simonet, T. Fashionable Parisian Quadrilles, Third Set, Performed by the Bands of Messrs. Michau, Musard, and Collinet with their appropriate Figures as danced at Almack’s, The Argyll Rooms and at the Bath & Cheltenham Assemblies. Arranged for the Piano Forte by T. Simonet. (London, c.1820).

Willcox, Asa. Asa Willcox’s Book of Figures, 1793. (Hartford County, Conn.) Published in Keller and Sweet’s American Country Dances of the Revolutionary Era. Over a third of the tune/dance pairings in Keller and Sweet appear in Wilson (1816), showing continuing popularity on both sides of the Atlantic.

Wilson, Thomas. A Companion to the Ball Room, Containing a choice Collection of the most Original and Admired Country Dance, Reel, Hornpipe & Waltz Tunes, along with a variety of appropirate Figures. (London: Button, Whittaker & Co., 1816; publishers also listed for Edinburgh and Dublin).

Wilson, Thomas. L’Assemblée, or Forty Eight Elegant New Dances for the year 1819, arranged for the Piano Forte or Harp, with Single & Double Figures to each Dance. (London: Button, Whittaker & Co., 1819).


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