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Book recommendation: Sing We Now Merrily

Sing We Now Merrily: A Collection of Elizabethan Rounds from Ravenscroft selected and edited by Edward Bolkovac is an excellent collection of over 75 Thomas Ravenscroft rounds in modern notation. This is a great resource for reenactors, for those interested … Continue reading

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Deuteromelia 1: “As it fell on a holy day” or the ballad of John Dory

Song: As it fell on a holy day (the ballad of John Dory) From : Deuteromelia, or, the Second Part of Musicks melodie, or melodius Musicke, of Pleasant Roundelaies; K. H. mirth, or Freemens Songs, and such delightfull Catches Composer … Continue reading

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Another Spring Carol: In Vernali Tempore

getThere is one more spring song in the Piae Cantiones (1582). in the section “De Tempore Vernali Cantiones”. Here is my transcription: In Vernali Tempore – 2 page version In Vernali Tempore – 1 page version Here is the tune. This … Continue reading

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Pammelia 2: O My Fearful Dreams

Fortunately for music historians and re-creationists, Thomas Ravenscroft collected and published the street, folk, and drinking music of his day – mostly the late 1500s. Many of the rounds Ravenscroft collected are still popular today in some form. Since today … Continue reading

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A Spring Carol: Tempus Adest Floridum

It’s finally spring, so here is a transcription of a spring carol: Tempus Adest Floridum from the Piae Cantiones (1582). Most of you are familiar with the tune – it is used in the Christmas carol Good King Wenceslas which … Continue reading

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