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Henry Playford

b. c1657, d. 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”.

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