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Playford, John 1623-1686?

Works: 782 works in 1,824 publications in 3 languages and 18,329 library holdings
Genres: Handbooks, manuals, etc  Paraphrases  Musical settings  Music  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Textbooks  Controversial literature  Registers  Calendars  Methods 
Roles: Author, Publisher, Compiler, Printer, pub, Editor, Composer, Arranger, Bookseller, Book producer, Bibliographic antecedent, Other, Contributor
Classifications: MT7, 781
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An introduction to the skill of musick by John Playford( Book )
112 editions published between 1674 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Vade mecum or, the necessary pocket companion by John Playford( )
41 editions published between 1679 and 2005 in English and held by 753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The dancing-master: or, directions for dancing country dances, with the tunes to each dance, for the treble-violin by John Playford( Book )
40 editions published between 1670 and 1970 in English and held by 515 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Originally published in 1650 under the title of The English dancing master, this work went through numerous editions from 1652 to 1728. Compiled by John Playford (1623-1687), a publisher of music books, the treatise is considered an important work on English country dances, a form of dance where couples perform a series of set patterns. In this tenth edition, Henry Playford notes that he has made corrections and added several new dances and tunes. The work utilizes a rudimentary dance notation and page one of the treatise is devoted to an explanation of the symbols. Part one contains 215 dances; part two has 46 dances and additional music for "A new spanish entry and saraband," as danced by Monsieur L'Abbe. Appropriate music, in the form of a treble line, is provided for each dance. Most of the dances are designated for longways sets of three couples, four couples, or "as many as will."
The present practice of musick vindicated by Matthew Locke( Book )
16 editions published between 1673 and 1974 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The English dancing master, or, Plaine and easie rules for the dancing of country dances : with the tune to each dance by John Playford( Book )
17 editions published between 1651 and 2014 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The treasury of musick by Henry Lawes( )
3 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 305 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Playford's English dancing master, 1651. A facsimile reprint by Margaret Dean-Smith( Book )
4 editions published in 1957 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Musick's recreation on the viol, lyra-way : 1682 by John Playford( )
16 editions published between 1682 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A paraphrase upon the Psalms of David by George Sandys( Book )
12 editions published between 1676 and 1981 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reproduction of original in the Huntington Library. (marc) 07874087. (stc) Wing B2521A. (vid) 40240. (DLPS) A27888.0001.001. This keyboarded and encoded edition of the work described above is co-owned by the institutions providing financial support to the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership. Searching, reading, printing, or downloading EEBO-TCP texts is reserved for the authorized users of these project partner institutions. Permission must be granted for subsequent distribution, in print or electronically, of this text, in whole or in part. Please contact project staff at for further information or permissions. Bible. -- O.T. -- Psalms -- Paraphrases, English. Lawes, Henry, 1596-1662. Tune-books. Playford, John, 1623-1686?
Under the greenwood tree by England) Estampie (Musical group : Leeds( )
3 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in French, Old and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Galante Kurzweyl hofische Tanze aus Renaissance, Barock und Rokoko = dances from Renaissance, baroque and rococo by Ensemble Buon tempo( )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2010 and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The musical companion in two books : the first book containing catches and rounds for three voyces : the second book containing dialogues, glees, ayres, and songs for two, three, and four voyces by John Playford( )
13 editions published between 1672 and 1673 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Contains works by H. Alridge, T. Brewer, J. Cobb, E. Coleman, J. Goodgroome, O. Gibbons, J. Hilton, G. Holmes, T. Holmes, S. Ives, H. Lawes, W. Lawes, E. Nelham, J. Playford, B. Rogers and others
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J. P 1623-1686?
J. P (John Playford), 1623-1686?
P, J. 1623-1686?
P., J. (John Playford), 1623-1686?
Playford, J. 1623-1686?
Playford, J. (John), 1623-1686?
Playford, John 1623-1686?
English (377)
French, Old (3)
German (1)