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X:1 T:Spanheim, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Country Dance B: Young – Second Volume of the Dancing Master, 1st edition (1710, p. ) K:Amin A|e>fe dcd|e3 A2B|c>BA dBc|B3-B2:| |:e/f/|g>ad ece|g3 c>Bc|d>ed BgB|d3 B2 c/d/| eEc B>A^G|A3-A2::A|(Ac)A (Ac)A|(Bd)B (Bd)B| (ce)c def|e3-e2::e/f/|g3 d2e|f3 c2d| e>fe dBc|d>ed cBA|^GeB B2A| A3-A2:|]



The first page of "The Spanheim", choreographed by court dancing master Mr. Isaac (d. circa 1718), but beautifully transcribed in dance notation by another dancing master, John Weaver [1].
SPANHEIM, THE. English, Country Dance Tune (6/4 or 6/8 time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. The melody and directions for a country dance were printed by Henry Playford in one of his Apollo's Banquet editions (which began in 1701), and in Mr. Isaac's A collection of ball-dances perform'd at court:viz. the Richmond, the roundeau, the rigadoon, the favourite, the Spanheim, and the Britannia (London, c. 1706 [2]). Mr. Isaac (c. 1640-c. 1720) was a famous English court dancing master who commissioned this volume of country dances choreographed by him and beautifully transcribed in dance notation by another dancing master, John Weaver. Set perhaps to music composed by James Paisible (d. 1721).



The tune was also printed in all four editions of the Second Volume of the Dancing Master, published between 1710 and 1728 by London music publisher John Young. Rival London music publisher John Walsh also included the tune and dance in his New Country Dancing Master, 2nd Book (1710) and The Second Book of the Compleat Country Dancing-Master (1719).

The medieval German noble family named Sponheim or Spanheim, who originated in Rhenish Franconia. A descendent, Ezekiel, Freiherr von Spanheim (1629-1710), was a relatively successful diplomat and one of the fathers of modern numismatology. Ezechiel was in service to Charles I Louis, Elector Palatine, and was his ambassador to England after 1679. That year he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. Later he was ambassador for Brandenburg at Paris, but returned to England as the first Prussian ambassador in 1702. He died in London in 1710 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.


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