By John Playford, first published 1664.
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Playford, John, 1623-1686?
A brief introduction to the skill of musick: in three books. The first: the general grounds and rules of musick,according tho the gam-ut and other principles thereof. The second: instructions for the bass-viol, and also for the treble-violin: vvith lessons for beginners. By John Playford philo-musicæ. The third: The art of descant, or Composing musick in parts. by Dr. Tho. Campion. With annotations thereon by Mr. C. Simpson.
London: printed by William Godbid for John Playford, and are to be sold at his shop in the Temple, 1667.
8vo., , 151,  p. : ill. (port.) With table of contents and an advertisement on final page. "The art of descant or Composing of musick in parts" has separate dated title page; register and pagination are continuous.
Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), P2453
Originally published in 1654 as: A breefe introduction to the skill of musick.
Wing (CD-Rom, 1996), P2447
Editions: 1655, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66, 67, 70, 72, 74, 75, 83, 8, 94, 97, 1700.
No copy in the PL.
An introduction to the skill of musick in two books : the first, the grounds and rules of musick, according to the gam-ut, and other principles thereof, the second, instructions & lessons for the bass-viol, and instruments & lessons for the treble-violin / by John Playford ; to which is added, The art of descant, or composing musick in parts, by Dr. Tho. Campion ; with annotations thereon, by Mr. Chr. Simpson.
Playford, John, 1623-1686?, Simpson, Christopher, d. 1669., Lowe, Edward, d. 1682., Campion, Thomas, 1567-1620. Art of descant.
London: Printed by W. Godbid for J. Playford ..., 1674.
Early English Books Online [full text]
An introduction to the skill of musick, in three books. : The first contains the grounds and rules of musick, according to the gam-ut, and other principles thereof. The second, instructions and lessons both for the bass-viol and treble-violin. The third, the art of descant, or composing musick in parts: in a more plain and easie method than any heretofore published.
by Playford, John, 1623-1686?; Loggan, David, 1635-1700?, engraver
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