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English Songs 1625-1660

Ref: MB33 ISBN: 9780852494745 ISMN: 9790220206207 Categories: , , ,


Edited by Ian Spink
First published in 1971, revised 1977
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 330 x 254 x 21
Weight: 1.371kg

A collection of songs by English composers of the generation following the lute-song writers, with music of the Stuart court forming an important element. This corpus of work is of interest for its typically English compromise with the new European styles of declamation and recitative.

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Composer Title Range
ANONYMOUS Go thy ways since thou wilt go D – F
ANONYMOUS If, when I die, to hell’s eternal shade (Fowler) D – F
ANONYMOUS Must your fair inflaming eye G – G
ANONYMOUS Sing aloud harmonious spheres (Strode) D – E
ANONYMOUS You meaner beauties of the night (Wotton) D – E
ATKINS, John I can love for an hour when I’m at leisure C – E
ATKINS, John This lady ripe and fair and fresh (Davenant: The Just Italian E – F
ATKINS, John Wert thou yet fairer than thou art F sharp – E
ATKINS, John When the chill Cherocco blows (Bonham) E – F
BALES, Alfonso Chloris sigh’d, and sang, and wept (Pembroke) G – G
BLAGROVE, Thomas What means this strangeness now of late? (Aytoun) F – F
BREWER, Thomas Mistake me not, I am as cold as hot D – F
BREWER, Thomas O that mine eyes could melt into a flood G – G
CAESAR, William (alias Smegergill) Blow gently passion in my fair one’s breast D – F
CAESAR, William (alias Smegergill) Forbear fond swain, I cannot love Dialogue
CAESAR, William (alias Smegergill) If any live that fain would prove E – F
CAVE, John Now Whitehall’s in a grace (Lovelace) A – F with Chorus
CHARLES, Thomas Why will you swear I am forsworn (Lovelace) D – E
COLEMAN, Charles Bright Aurelia, I do owe E – G
COLEMAN, Charles Change, Platonics, change for shame E – G
COLEMAN, Charles Did not you once, Lucinda, vow Dialogue
COLEMAN, Charles How am I chang’d from what I was F – G
COLEMAN, Charles Wake my Adonis, do not die (Cartwright) D – G
COLEMAN, Charles When Celia I intend to flatter you F – F
COLEMAN, Charles Wilt thou be gone, thou heartless man E flat – G
COLEMAN, Edward The glories of our birth and state (Shirley: Ajax and Ulysses) G – F sharp
COLEMAN, Edward Why, dearest, should you weep (Cotton) D – A
DERING, Lady Mary In vain, fair Chloris, you design (Dering) F sharp – D
GAMBLE, John The morning doth waste C – G
GOODGROOME, John Dost see how unregarded now (Suckling) E – E
GOODGROOME, John Fret on, fond Cupid, curse thy feeble bow G – G
HILL, Roger Admit, thou darling of mine eyes (Carew) E – F
HILTON, John Am I despis’d because you say (Herrick) E flat – G
HILTON, John Hang golden sleep upon her eyelids fair D – D
HILTON, John If that I for thy sweet sake D – F
HILTON, John Rise, princely shepherd, and be arbiter Dialogue
HILTON, John Thou may’st be proud (Herrick) C – G
HILTON, John Wilt thou forgive the sin where I begun? (Donne) D – G
HILTON, John You meaner beauties of the night (Wotton) F – G
IVES, Simon Go bid the swan in silence die F sharp – G
IVES, Simon Shepherd well met, I prithee tell Dialogue
IVES, Simon Will Chloris cast her sun-bright eyes sharp – E
JEFFREYS, George Cruel! but once again (The Rival Friends) D – E
JEFFREYS, George Drowsy Phoebus, come away (Hausted: The Rival Friends) Dialogue
JEFFREYS, George Have pity, grief; I cannot pay (The Rival Friends) F – F
JENKINS, John Cease not, thou heav’nly-voiced glorious creature D – F
JENKINS, John Why sigh’st thou, shepherd? (Randolph) Dialogue
LANIER, Nicholas Fire! fire! Lo here I burn (Campian) F sharp – E
LANIER, Nicholas Like hermit poor in pensive place obscure (Raleigh) D – D
LANIER, Nicholas Love and I of late did part D – E
LANIER, Nicholas Mark how the blushful morn (Carew) D – F
LANIER, Nicholas Neither sighs, nor tears, nor mourning C – E
LANIER, Nicholas No more shall meads be deck’d with flow’rs (Carew) B – G
LANIER, Nicholas Nor com’st thou yet, my slothful love C – G
LANIER, Nicholas Silly heart forbear F – F/G – G
LANIER, Nicholas Stay, silly heart, and do not break D – F
LANIER, Nicholas Tell me, shepherd, dost thou love? Dialogue
LANIER, Nicholas Weep no more my wearied eyes D – F
LAWES, Henry As Celia rested in the shade (Carew) Dialogue
LAWES, Henry Beauty and love once fell at odds F – G
LAWES, Henry Bid me but live, and I will live (Herrick) G – F
LAWES, Henry Break heart in twain! Fair Ronile may see F sharp – A
LAWES, Henry Come from the dungeon to the throne (Cartwright) C – F
LAWES, Henry Come my sweet while ev’ry strain D – G
LAWES, Henry Go thou gentle whisp’ring wind (Carew) D – F
LAWES, Henry Hard-hearted fair, if thou wilt not consent C – E flat
LAWES, Henry Have you e’er seen the morning sun (Hughes) D – D
LAWES, Henry I rise and grieve C – G
LAWES, Henry No, no, fair heretic, it cannot be (Suckling) E – F (G)
LAWES, Henry Now the sun is fled C – A with Chorus
LAWES, Henry O let me groan one word into thine ear (Pembroke) D – F
LAWES, Henry Or you, or I, nature did wrong! F – G
LAWES, Henry O tell me love! O tell me fate! (Hughes) D – G
LAWES, Henry O turn away those cruel eyes (Stanley) C sharp – G
LAWES, Henry Out upon it, I have lov’d (Suckling) C – D
LAWES, Henry Sleep soft, you cold clay cinders that late clad D – F
LAWES, Henry Slide soft you silver floods D – F
LAWES, Henry Speak, speak, at last reply D – E
LAWES, Henry Sweet stay awhile! why do you rise? (Donne) F sharp – G
LAWES, Henry Thou, O bright Sun, who see’st all G – A with Chorus
LAWES, Henry ’Tis but a frown, I prithee let me die D – F
LAWES, Henry Transcendent beauty, thou that art D – G
LAWES, Henry Wert thou yet fairer than thou art G – G
LAWES, Henry When thou, poor excommunicate (Carew) F sharp – G
LAWES, Henry Whither are all her false oaths blown (Herrick) D – A
LAWES, Henry Will you know my mistress’ face? E flat – E flat
LAWES, William Charon, O Charon! Hear a wretch oppress’d Dialogue
LAWES, William Come Adonis, come away (Tatham) E – G
LAWES, William Faith, be no longer coy F – G
LAWES, William Gather ye rosebuds while ye may (Herrick) G – E
LAWES, William No, no, fair heretic, it needs must be F sharp – F sharp
LAWES, William Pleasures beauty, youth attend ye (Ford) F – E
LAWES, William To whom shall I complain; to men or gods? D – E
LAWES, William Why should great beauty virtuous fame desire (Davenant) D – G
LAWES, William Why so pale and wan, fond lover? (Suckling) B – E flat
MACE, Stephen Weep no more, nor sigh, nor groan (Beaumont and Fletcher) D – F
MARSH, Alfonso Ah Chloris! would the gods allow F – G
RAMSEY, Robert Go perjur’d man! and if you e’er return (Herrick) F sharp – G
RAMSEY, Robert Howl not, you ghosts and furies, while I sing (Herrick) Dialogue
RAMSEY, Robert Thou may’st be proud (Herrick) D – E flat
RAMSEY, Robert What tears, dear Prince, can serve (Raleigh) G – G
SAVILE, Jeremy I will not trust thy tempting graces (Stanley) G sharp – A
SMITH, Robert He that did ever scorn love’s might D – E
TAYLOR, John Lay that sullen garland by thee D – G
TAYLOR, John Tell me not that I die, or live by thee (Tatham) F sharp – F sharp
WEBB, William As life what is so sweet (two versions) C – E flat/C – E flat
WEBB, William Go and bestride the southern wind D – F
WEBB, William Look back Castara from thine eye (Habington) F – A
WEBB, William Pow’rful Morpheus, let thy charms F sharp – F sharp
WEBB, William Since ’tis my fate to be thy slave G – E
WEBB, William Victorious beauty, though your eyes (Townshend) G – E
WILSON, John As tuned harp strings sad notes take G – G
WILSON, John Awake, awake! The morn will never rise (Davenant) F – G
WILSON, John From the fair Lavinian shore D – D
WILSON, John In a maiden time profess’d (Middleton) F – G
WILSON, John In a season all oppressed A – E
WILSON, John In the merry month of May (Breton) F – G
WILSON, John Languish and despair, my heart! C – G
WILSON, John Pity of beauty in distress G – G
WILSON, John Since love hath in thine and mine eye D – F
WILSON, John Take, O take those lips away (Beaumont and Fletcher) G – G
WILSON, John Thou great and good! Could I but rate (Montrose) B – F
WILSON, John Turn, turn thy beauteous face away (Beaumont and Fletcher) F – F
WILSON, John Wherefore peep’st thou, envious day? (Donne) G – A/G – G
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