b. Islington, London May 5 1657, d. London c1707
The younger son of John Playford and his only known surviving child. He was a music publisher and was in business with his father. Many of his publications were of a transient nature and were aimed at favourite songs and instrumental pieces for public entertainments, such as the pleasure garden concerts much in vogue.
He revised his father’s “The Dancing Master” and published D’Urfey’s “Wit and Mirth” and Purcell’s “Orpheus Britannicus”.
A collection of original Scotch tunes
(Full of the Highland humours) for the violin; being the 1st of this kind yet printed: most of them being in the compass of the flute.
(This is a MS. copy on nine pages (folio) by Mr. Wighton, from the only original copy known to exist, then in the possession of Mr. David Laing, Signet Library, Edinburgh.
The 1st book of Apollo’s banquet:
(Containing instructions, and variety of new tunes, ayres, jiggs, minuets and several new Scotch tunes, for the treble violin, to which is added the tunes of the newest French dances, now in use at Court and in the dancing schools.
(The 7th edn.,1693
(Containing instructions and variety of new tunes, ayres, jiggs, and several new Scotch tunes for the treble violin, to which is added the tunes of the newest French dances.
(The 6th edn.
(The catalogue editor debates with himself precise authorship of this work: