Collective publications by John Playford

Banquet-1651

A Musicall Banquet. Set forth in three choice Varieties of Musick. The first Part presents you with Excellent new Lessons for the Lira Viol, set to severall New Tunings. The second a Collection of New and Choyce Allmans, Corants, and Sarabands for one Treble and Basse Viol, composed by Mr. William Lawes, and other Excellent Authors. The third Part containes New and Choyce Catches or Rounds for three or foure Voyces. To which is added some few Rules and Directions for such as learne to sing, or to play on the Viol.
London, John Benson and John Playford, 1651
Copies in: GB-Ob, US-SM (incomplete)
Online copy: Early English Books Online
Modern edition: Adams
Notes: The second part of this work is entitled Musica Harmonia.
Thematic Index: A synopsis of the pieces is provided in the tables, Playford A, Playford T, pp. 13-20.
RISM B/1 1651/6

Court-ayres

Court-ayres: or pavins, almaines, corants, and sarabands, of two parts, treble and basse, for viols or violins. Which may be performed in consort to the theorbo lute, or virginalls.
London, John Playford, 1655
Copies in: GB-Lbm, GB-Ob (incomplete), US-CA (incomplete)
Online copy: Early English Books Online
RISM B/1 1655/5

Courtly masquing ayres

Courtly masquing ayres: containing almaines, ayres, corants, sarabands, morisco’s, jiggs &c of two parts treble and basse for viols or violins. Composed by several excellent masters…
London, W. Godbid for John Playford, 1662
copies in: GB-Ctc, GB-Lbl (incomplete), GB-Lcm
Online copy: Early English Books Online
RISM B/1 1662/8

Musick’s Recreation

John Playford released the Musick’s Recreation in the following four editions, with very similar titles and with ever slightly different contents. A synopsis of the pieces in these editions is provided by the Thematic Index of Music for Viols of the VdGSGB, tables, Playford A, Playford T, pp. 13-20.

Musick’s Recreation-1652/55

Musick’s Recreation: on the Lyra Viol. Being a choice Collection of New and Excellent Lessons for the Lyra Viol, both easie and delight-full for all young Practitioners. To which is added some few plain Directions as a Guide for Beginners.
London, John Playford, 1652/55
Copies in: GB-Lbl, GB-Lcm (incomplete)
Online copy: Early English Books Online
Modern edition: Cornetto
RISM B/1 1652/7

Musick’s Recreation-1661

Musick’s Recreation: on the Viol, Lyra-way. Being a Collection of New Lessons Lyra-way. To which is added a Preface, containing some brief rules and instructions for young practitioners.
London, John Playford, 1661
Copies in: GB-Lbl, US-Wc
Online copy: Early English Books Online
RISM B/I 1661/4

Musick’s Recreation-1669

Musicks Recreation on the Viol, Lyra-way. Being a new Collection of Lessons Lyra-way. To which is added a Preface, containing some brief rules and instructions for young practitioners.
London, W. Godbid for John Playford, 1669
Copies in: GB-Lbl, GB-Ob, US-SM
Online copy: Early English Books Online
RISM B/1 1669/6

Musick’s Recreation-1682

Musicks Recreation on the viol, Lyra-way. Being a choice collection of lessons Lyra-way. To which is added a preface containing some brief rules and instructions for young practitioners. The second edition, enlarged with additional new lessons.
London, A. Godbid and John Playford, 1682
Copies in: GB-DRc, GB-Lbl
Online copy: Early English Books Online
Modern edition: Hinrichsen (choice), Atelier Philidor, Adams
RISM B/I 1682/9

 

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