The Child Ballads
Francis James Child (1825 – 1896) was an American academic and folklorist who made a collection of 305 traditional ballads from England and Scotland and their American variants and published them with a detailed comparative and philological analysis in his five volume work The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (1882 - 1898). Both the lyrics and the associated tunes have been extensively republished as they are represent one of the most significant studies of English-language folk music.

The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book
This collection which rests in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge is one of the most important sources of early English keyboard music. It contains 297 pieces from the late Elizabethan and early Jacobean periods. The original was handwritten, seemingly by a single individual whose identity is not known (Duarte 1965). A modern printed edition was published in 1899 and republished unaltered by Dover Publications in 1963 (Fuller Maitland & Squire 1963).

The Mulliner Book
This is another manuscript collection of keyboard pieces that was made by Thomas Mulliner, an organist and is now held by the British Museum. Mulliner created a collection of keyboard transcriptions of music from a wide variety of sources - presumably music he liked or wanted to use. As such it contains arrangements of motets, anthems, part songs, consort music, plainsong fantasias, dance music etc. There is a modern edition in the Musica Britannica series (Stevens 1973).

New Citharen Lessons
One of two printed volumes by Thomas Robinson. This one is a cittern tutor for beginners and advanced learners. It included 53 compositions, the first 47 for four-course cittern and the rest for the fourteen-course cittern arch cittern.

Pavans, Galliards, Almains and other Short Airs both grave and ligh in five parts, for Viols, Violins or other Musical Wind Instruments.
Made by Antony Holborne Gentleman and Servant to her most excellent Majesty

(spelling modernised) The title of this work, the source of Holborne’s consort music, is self-explanatory. It was published in1599.

The Playford Collections
The Playfords were an English family of booksellers and music publishers who dominated London music publishing in the second half of the 17th century. Best known is John Playford (1623–86) who was the leading London music publisher from 1651 to 1684. He published theory and instruction books, as well as many collections of instrumental pieces, songs, and arrangements of psalms. These included A Musicall Banquet (1651), A Breefe Introduction to the Skill of Musick (1654), Musick’s Handmaid (1678) and The English Dancing Master (1651), which went through numerous editions up to 1728. His catches, glees, and lessons for the cittern, viol, flageolet, virginals, etc., were also popular and were published in various permutations. John Playford’s younger son Henry (c. 1657–c. 1709) updated his father's editions, but was less prolific. His best-known publications are Wit and Mirth, or Pills to Purge Melancholy (songs by Thomas d'Urfey set to popular tunes) and Purcell's song collection Orpheus britannicus.

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