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John Playford - From Country Dance to Contradanse

In 1700, in a treatise entitled Choregraphie, Feuillet published the first notation for dance. In 1706, encouraged by the popularity of English country dancing in France, he published a collection of 32 'contredances' which also contains an explanation of a simplified form of this notation suitable for country dances.

Among the dances are several also to be found in editions of The Dancing Master, including 'La Valantine' which was first published as 'Valentine's Day' in the 1679 supplement to the sixth edition. Feuillet's simplified form of notation continued to be used in published collections of French contredanses until the late 18th century.

Recüeil de contredances mises en choregraphie

Raoul Auger Feuillet, Recüeil de contredances mises en choregraphie. Paris, 1706. British Library, C.119.a.5. Copyright © The British Library Board

Raoul Auger Feuillet, Recüeil de contredances mises en choregraphie

Raoul Auger Feuillet, Recüeil de contredances mises en choregraphie. Paris, 1706. British Library, C.119.a.5. Copyright © The British Library Board

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