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(1623 - 1686)

John Playford started his career as a London bookseller, publishing political tracts. His musical publications include collections of psalms and hymns, books of musical instruction, songs and instrumental pieces. He was succeeded in the business by his son Henry. Another John Playford was his nephew, concerned in another printing business, which ended at the latter’s death in 1685.

Musical Publicationss

Playford’s The English Dancing Master has proved a fruitful source of popular English airs of the time.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Chamber and Vocal Music (16th-17th Centuries) – READE, R. / JOHNSON, J. RAVENSCROFT, T. / MORLEY, T. (The Ladyes Delight) (Baltimore Consort) Dorian Sono Luminus
Chamber Music
Chamber Music - MORLEY, T. / D'URFEY, T. / HOLMES, M. / PURCELL, H. / AKEROYDE, S. (The Best of the Baltimore Consort) (Baltimore Consort) Dorian Sono Luminus
Chamber Music, Vocal
Chamber Music – PLAYFORD, J. / MCFARLANE, R. / PRAETORIUS, M. / NEGRI, C. / JOHNSON, J. (Gut Wind and Wire) (Baltimore Consort) Dorian Sono Luminus
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (17th Century) - PLAYFORD, J. / LOCKE, M. / CORBETTA, F. / PURCELL, H. (La Beata Olanda: John Come Kiss Me Now) (Bleich, Stempfel) Carpe Diem
Chamber Music
Chamber Music (Baroque) - BIBER, H.I.F. von / MORLEY, T. / BOCCHERINI, L. / TELEMANN, G.P. (Variations) (Stockholm Baroque Ensemble, Lindal) Proprius
Chamber Music
CHRISTMAS MUSIC (Bright Day Star - Music for the Yuletide Season) (Baltimore Consort) Dorian Sono Luminus
Chamber Music, Vocal
DRIVE TIME A.M. (Commuter Classics) Dorian Sono Luminus
Chamber Music
FOOD OF LOVE (THE) - Early Instrumental Music of the British Isles (Hesperus) Dorian Sono Luminus
Chamber Music
Harpsichord Recital: Koopman, Ton - PICCHI, G. / GIBBONS, O. / MORLEY, T. / BULL, J. / FARNABY, G. / BYRD, W. / PHILIPS, P. / PLAYFORD, J. Capriccio
PLAYFORD, J.: Tunes and their Ballads (A Trip to Killburn) (Baltimore Consort) Dorian Sono Luminus
Chamber Music, Vocal, Chamber Music, Vocal
Renaissance Music - BENNET, J. / RAVENSCROFT, T. / PLAYFORD, J. / JOHNSON, J. / FARRANT, R. (Nymphidia: The Court of Faerie) (Pantagruel) Carpe Diem
Chamber Music
Renaissance Music - BYRD, W. / WILSON, J. / JOHNSON, R. / DOWLAND, J. / HOLMES, M. / PLAYFORD, J. / RAVENSCROFT, T. (Shakespeare's Music) (Fallis) Dorian Sono Luminus
Chamber Music
Renaissance Music - DOWLAND, J. / PLAYFORD, J. / PRAETORIUS, M. / WEBSTER, M. (Fortune My Foe - Music of Shakespeare's Time) (Les Witches) Dorian Sono Luminus
Chamber Music
UNITED KINGDOM Carol Thompson: Enchanted Isles (The) Dorian Sono Luminus
Vocal and Chamber Music – FORBES, J. / OSWALD, J. / PLAYFORD, J. / AMBROSIO, J. / PHALESE, P. / MILANO, F. da / GASTOLDI, G.G. (Live in Concert) Dorian Sono Luminus
Chamber Music

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