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John Playford’s Psalter

The Whole Book of Psalms:  With The Usual Hymns and Spiritual Songs.  Together With all the Ancient and Proper Tunes sung in Churches, with some of Later Use.  Composed in Three Parts, Cantus, Medius, & Bassus:  In a more Plain and Useful Method that hath been formerly.  Published, by John Playford.  The Third Edition, Corrected and Amended.  I finished stitching this replica of our original Psalter last night before I went to bed. I think that the best thing about this book is that it is full of musical notation.  It has the musical notation to each of the 150 Psalms that were sung by the churches up to and including in the 18th century.  This Psalter began being published in the 17th century and continued to be into the early 1700s.   From a historical standpoint, this is an important book for studying how music evolved during the English Reformation, and is probably the best volume to have for looking at how historic church music progressed and was understood by the people.  To learn more about this book and to see how I hand-bind this book in period correct fashion, please visit my web page at the following link:  Click Here