By Thoinot Arbeau, translated by Mary Stewart Evans.
First published in 1589, this classic treatise remains today the most detailed and valuable, as well as delightful, documents we possess on 16th-century dances and dance music. It is written in the form of a dialogue in which Thoinot Arbeau (an anagram: the author's real name was Jehan Tabourot) instructs the young Capriol in the art of "ballroom" dancing.
The book includes 47 dance tunes with 16th-century barring and notation. Fourteen of the most interesting and important dances described and tabulated in the text have been transcribed into Labanotation, simplifying study and performance of these characteristic examples.
Preface to the First Edition
Bibliography to the First Edition
Original Title Page
Original Publisher's Note
Orchesography: A Treatise in the Form of a Dialogue
Original Certificate of Copyright
Editor's Notes to this Edition
Bibliography to this Edition
Introduction to the Labanotation