Vocal Music

Here are some songs. You may print and distribute these pieces freely for non-profit use.

Ecco la primavera, 14th C. Italian

  • PDF: In 2 parts with bottom line up, In 2 parts with bottom line down
  • Midi: Top line, Second line, Both parts

Ah, Robyn by William Cornysh

PDF: In 3 parts (third part is in canon with the second part)

Midi:

This song is from the Henry VIII Songbook manuscript.

 

My lyttel prety one

PDF: In 3 parts, Lute song, Keyboard

Midi: Soprano/Alto, Tenor, Bass, All 3 parts

The music is transcribed and transposed from the lute song in British Library Additional MS 4900, which was copied in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. The first verse is from Add. MS 4900; other verses are from BL Additional MS 18752, which contains several songs from the 14th and 15th centuries. The tenor and bass lines are derived from the original lute intabulation.

Fortune ys fickle
PDF: In 4 parts, Lute song, Keyboard
Midi: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, All 4 parts

“Fortune ys fickle” is a lute song from the Dallis Manuscript (Trinity College Dublin MS. 410/1) of 1583. The alto, tenor and bass lines are derived from the harmonies of the original lute part. The phrase “no howdle tho yow hipper” is apparently a wrestling metaphor, as “to hip” is an old term for a wrestling move.

Tempus adest floridum
PDF: For soprano with 3 part instrumental accompaniment
Midi:

A song based on the melody and words from Piae Cantiones, 1582.

To the old long life and treasure
PDF: In 4 parts
Midi:

A song by Ben Jonson (1573?-1637) from Gypsies Metamorphosed, 1621. This version is a part song based on the original melody.