Packington's Pound

composer
An Elizabethan tune

 
An Elizabethan tune, Packington’s Pound was so popular that by the end of the seventeenth century more than a hundred ballads had been printed calling for the tune. It continued in popularity until at least the middle of the eighteenth century and instrumental versions abound. This recording attempts a performance such as would have been heard on a street corner in the seventeenth century. No ballad survives to tell us who or what Packington was, but there are three people with whom the tune may have associations: Sir John Pakington (a favourite of Queen Elizabeth); his great uncle, Sir Thomas Pakington (who was instrumental in walling up the fourth side of the Inner Temple Gardens); and Thomas Paginton, a court musician who died in 1586—‘Paginton’s Round’ is called for on some ballads.

from notes by Douglas Wootton 1981

Recordings

How the world wags – Social Music for a 17th-century Englishman
CDH55013Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Details

Track 8 on CDH55013 [2'12] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Track-specific metadata for CDH55013 track 8

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-81-00808
Duration
2'12
Recording date
8 October 1980
Recording venue
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. How the world wags Social Music for a 17th-century Englishman (CDA66008)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: January 1988
    Deletion date: May 1999
    Superseded by CDH55013
  2. How the world wags Social Music for a 17th-century Englishman (CDH55013)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: May 1999
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)