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Farnaby, Giles: Canzonets to Foure Voyces (1598)


Remembered chiefly for his virginal music, this always fresh and charming composer – who was probably an instrument maker by trade – may well have penned these pieces simply for the enjoyment of his London friends living in the wards of Bishopsgate and Cripplegate. His experience as a keyboard player may have led him to some chromatic vocal writing, particularly in the admirable Construe my meaning, rivalling strangenesses in the work of his Italian contemporary, Gesualdo.

Edited Edmund Fellowes. Revised Thurston Dart

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Among the daffadillies (SSAB)
Ay me, poor heart (SATB)
Blind Love was shooting (SSAB)
Carters, now cast down (SAT (or A) B)
Construe my meaning (SATB)
Daphne on the rainbow (SSA (or T) T (or B))
Lady, the silly flea (SATB)
Lady, when I behold your passions (SSA (or T) B)
Love shooting among many (SSAB)
Love shooting at another (SSA (or T) B)
My Lady’’s coloured cheeks (SAT (or A) B)
Pearce did dance with Petronella (SAT (or A) B)
Pearce did love fair Petronella (SAAB)
Phillida bewailed (SAT (or A) B)
Simkin said that Sis was fair (SSAB (or T))
Some time she would (SATB)
Susanna fair (SSTB)
The curtain drawn (SATB)
The wavering planet (SSAB (or T))
Thrice blessed be the giver (SSAB (or T))
Witness, ye heavens (SSS (or A) AAT (or B) BB)

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