The Theater of Music (Playford, John)

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Publisher. Info. London: John Playford, for Henry Playford and R. C., 1685. (Books 1 & 2)
London: Henry Playford and R. C., and John Carr, 1686. .
London: B. Motte, for Henry Playford, 1687.
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Misc. Notes Book 3 pages out of order.
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Publisher. Info. London: John Playford, for Henry Playford and R. C., 1685. (Books 1 & 2)
London: B. Motte, for Henry Playford, 1687.
Copyright
Misc. Notes Book 1 has additional title-page of "The New Treasury of Musick: or, a Collection of the Choicest and Best Song-Books For these Twenty Years last past."
London: Henry Playford, 1695.
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Work Title The Theater of Music
Alternative. Title The Theater of Music: or, A Choice Collection of the newest and best Songs Sung at the Court, and Public Theaters. The Words composed by the most ingenious Wits of the Age, and set to Music by the greatest Masters in that Science. With A Thorow-Bass to each Song for the (Harpsichord,) Theorbo, or Bass-Viol. Also Symphonies and Retournels in 3 Parts to several of them for the Violins and Flutes
Composer Playford, John
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. None [force assignment]
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 books
First Publication. 1685
Librettist various poets, including
John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1647-1680)
Abraham Cowley (1618-1667)
Mr Oldham
Katherine Philips (1631-1664)
Sir George Etherege (ca.1636-ca.1692)
Colonel Salisbury
Sir Robert Howard (1626-1698)
Aphra Behn (1640-1689)
Language English
Dedication John Blow and Henry Purcell
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation voice, continuo (theorbo or bass-viol); 2 voices, continuo; 2 voices alone; voice, 2 treble instruments (violins or recorders) and continuo (some songs have a ritornello or a "symphony"); voice, chorus, continuo; 2 voices, chorus, 2 treble instruments, continuo; voice, chorus, 2 recorders, continuo; 3 equal voices
Extra Information Apparently re-issued in 1695 under the title "The New Treasury of Musick: or, a Collection of the Choicest and Best Song-Books For these Twenty Years last past."

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Compositions by Henry Purcell, John Blow, Robert King, Thomas Farmer, Samuel Akeroyde, Charles Taylour, Captain Pack, Senior Baptist (probably Giovanni Battista Draghi), Mr [Moses] Snow, Grabue, John Rossey (Roffey?), William Turner, John Lenton, James Hart, Alexander Damascene, Petro Reggio, William Gregory, Thomas Tudway, David Underwood, Francis Forcer, John Goodwin, Richard Brown, James Hawkins, Henry Hall,Pelham Humfrey, George Hart, John Courtiville [sic], Raphael Courteville, Matthew Locke, John Reading, William Aylworth (Aylward?), Mr Gore, Thomas Hawney, Alphonso Marsh, John Jackson. (unlinked names = currently no IMSLP page for this composer)

Book 4 includes Purcell's O Solitude