Local records show that he was one of a large family, many of whom were scriveners or stationers. While his brother Matthew was recorded at a grammar school, there is no record that John did so. Playford secured the tenancy of a shop in the porch of the Temple Church, the place from where all his publications were issued until his retirement in His publications included political tracts, miscellaneous non-musical works, music theory, lessons for various instruments, collections of songs, and psalms. His books had a ready market with the law students of the Inns of Court, or Law School, that passed his shop each day. By personal inclination and family, Playford was a Royalist.
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Adsons Saraband Al-a-Mode de France. All in a Garden greene. Aye me, or the Simphony. An old man is a bed full of Bones. Blew Cap. Beggar Boy. Bobbing Joe. C Confesse his Tune. Chirping of the Larke. Chirping of the Nightingale. Cherrily and Merrily. Country Coll. Cuckolds all a row. Chestnut, or Doves Figary. Drive the Cold Winter away. Dissembling Love. Dargason, or Sedany. Dull Sir John. Fryar and the Nun.
Glory of the west. Gathering Peascods. Graies Inne Maske. Hit or misse. Health to Betty. Have at thy Coat old woman. Halfe Hanikin. Hearts ease. Hockley i'th hole. Hide Parke. If all the World were Paper.
Irish trot. Irish Lady, or Aniseed Robin. Jog on. Jack Pudding. Jenny pluck Pares. Kemps Jeg. Kettle Drum. Lady Spillers. Lord of Carnarvons Jeg. Lady Cullen. London Gentlewoman. Lady lye near me.
Lulling beyond thee. Mage on a Cree. Milisons Jeg. Merry Milke Mayds. Mayd peept out of the window. Mayden Lane. Milke Mayds Bob. Night Pesce. New Exchange. None such. New New Nothing. New Boe peepe. Old Mole. Once I loved a Mayden faire. Parsons farewell. Picking of sticks. Peppers black. Prince Ruperts March. Petticoat wag. Pauls Steeple. Punks delight. Pauls Warfe.
Rose is red, and Rose is white. Rufty, tufty. Row well ye Mariners. Stingo, or the Oyle of Barly. Spanish Jepsies. Souldiers Life. Saints Martins. Saturday Night and Sunday Morne. Staines Morris. Scotch Cap. Step Stately. Shepheards Holyday. Tom Tinker. Upon a Summers day. Up Tayles all.
The Dancing Master (Playford, John)
PDF scanned by archive. Some pieces are written for violin with alternate scordatura tuning: St. Dunstan or Clifford's Inn is written for violin tuned AEae. The Guilford : ADae first appears 11th edition,
The English Dancing-Master
Adsons Saraband Al-a-Mode de France. All in a Garden greene. Aye me, or the Simphony. An old man is a bed full of Bones. Blew Cap. Beggar Boy. Bobbing Joe.
John Playford: The English Dancing Master