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SLIP, THE. AKA - "Sir Roger." English, Country Dance Tune (2/2 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB. The melody, with directions for a country dance, was first published by Playford in his The English Dancing Master (1651). The dance and tune were retained in the long-running Dancing Master series of editions through the 18th and final edition of 1728 (then published by John Young, successor to the Playford publishing concerns). "The Slip" was also published by John Walsh in his Compleat Country Dancing Master (editions of 1718 & 1747).

As with many of Playford's tunes from his first publication, "The Slip" has associations with the stage, for it is the title of a playlet that ends Thomas Middleton's A Mad World, My Masters (1605), in which one of the characters, Follywit, pronounces, "The play being called 'The Slip', I vanish too" (Act V, scene 2, line 27)[1]. Dean-Smith[2] points out that it was a ceremonial or departure dance.

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Printed sources : - Barlow (The Compleat Country Dances from Playford's Dancing Master), 1985; p. 35. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 47 (a facsimile copy of the Playford original). Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909; p. 67.

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  1. Keith Whitlock, “John Playford’s English Dancing Master 1650/51 as Cultural Politics”, Folk Music Journal, vol. 7, No. 5, 1999, p. 564
  2. Margaret Dean-Smith & E. J. Nicol, "The Dancing Master": 1651-1728, Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, vol. 4, No. 4 (Dec., 1943).