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Now Is The Month Of Maying

Music by Thomas Morley

"Now is the month of maying" is one of the most famous of the English balletts (a light dancelike part song similar to a madrigal, frequently with a 'fa-la-la' chorus). It was written by Thomas Morley and published in 1595. It is based on the canzonet So ben mi ch'a bon tempo used by Orazio Vecchi in his 1590 Selva di varia ricreatione. It was printed in Thomas Morley's First Book of Ballets to Five Voyces. The song delights in bawdy double-entendre. It is apparently about spring dancing, but this is a metaphor for making love/sex. For example, a "barley-break" would have suggested outdoor sexual activity (rather like we might say a "roll in the hay"). The use of such imagery and puns increased during the Renaissance

    Release Date: 1595


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Clifford Bartlett : Madrigals and Partsongs : Mixed 5-8 Parts : 01 Songbook : 9780193436947

Clifford Bartlett : Madrigals and Partsongs

This collection gathers together nearly sixty of the finest examples of the secular choral repertoire into one volume. Due space is given to the magnificent sixteenth century madrigals of England and Italy, with favorite works by Gibbons and Morley placed alongside less familiar selections by Lassus, Marenzio, and Weelkes. German and French pieces are also represented, for example, with Passereau's ever-popular Il est bel est bon. Works by Haydn and Schubert lead to the nineteenth century repertoire, which includes Brahms's lovely Nachtwache, from Five Songs, Op. 104, and Pearsall's exquisite Lay a Garland. The survey is completed by Debussy's Trois Chansons de Charles D'Orleans and examples of the glorious outpouring of English Romantic partsongs, with works by Elgar, Parry, Stanford, Britten, Finzi, and Vaughan Williams. Ranging from the late fifteenth to the twentieth century, and spanning all major European countries, this is a masterly survey suitable for all choirs. Clifford Bartlett has prepared completely new editions of all pre-twentieth century pieces, going back to the earliest and most reliable manuscript or printed sources. English translations are provided to aid understanding, with playable keyboard reductions in every case.

Songlist: Dindirin, dindirin, Il bianco e dolce cigno, Of all the birds that I do know, All creatures now, Nachtwache No. 1, The Evening Primrose, Never weather-beaten sail, So weich und warm, Trois chansons de Charles d'Orleans, To be sung of a summer night on the water, Come, heavy sleep, Can she excuse my wrongs, Weep You No More, Sad Fountains, As torrents in summer, My love dwelt in a Northern land, There is sweet music, Fair Phyllis I saw sitting all alone, My spirit sang all day, Since first I saw your face, Lieto godea, Amor vittorioso, Ah, dear heart, The silver swan, What is our life?, Tanzen und springen, Ach, Weh des Leiden, Die Harmonie in der Ehe, Innsbruck, ich muss dich lassen, Farewell, dear love, Mille regrets, and more

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | 9097b | Songbook | $24.45 | Primarily a cappella


Clough-Leighter : The A Cappella Singer - Female Voice : SSAA : 01 Songbook : 1545

Clough-Leighter : The A Cappella Singer - Female Voice

"The A Cappella Singer" books, of which this is the second, are designed to bring much of this music in most engaging variety and excellence into schools, colleges, universities, clubs, communities and homes. While the other books in this series are designed for either the male or female voice, this book is designed for a mix of both, containing Madrigals and Ayres with all their grace, wit and lyrical charm; the ineffably lovely and truly religious music of Bach, Brahms and other composers nearer our own times; and fine arrangements of folk songs: this is an endlessly rich field containing most of the best choral music in the world.

Songlist: Now Is The Month Of Maying, Sing we and chant it , Adieu, sweet Amarillis, Weep, O mine eyes, On the plains, Fairy trains , The Nightingale , Strike it up, Tabo, The Silver Swan , With dropping wings, ye Cupids come , Charm me asleep, Radient stars, above the mountains glowing , The Old Woman and the Pedlar , Come, lasses and lads , 'Tween the mount and deep, deep vale , The Beetle's Wedding , Tiritomba, Touro-louro-louro!, In dulci jubilo, Rejoice, ye Christian men, rejoice , The Slumber of the Infant Jesus , Jesu! Rex admirabilis , Adoramus te, Christe, Tanquam agnus , Vere languores nostros , Lo, a voice to heaven sounding , An angel said to Mary , Christ the Lord hath risen, O filii et filiae

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Voicing: SSAA | 9050b | Songbook | $15.95 | A Cappella


Gustav Holst : Five Partsongs : SATB : Songbook : 9780571513253 : 12-0571513255

Gustav Holst : Five Partsongs

This set comprises many of Holst's lesser known choral settings. Her eyes the glow worm lend me and Come to Me are published here for the first time and the others were previously out of print. The selection will offer choirs a varied selection of pieces that will prove both interesting and rewarding. Repertoire well worth exploring.

Songlist: Dream Tryst, Ye Little Birds, Her Eyes the Glow-Worm Lend Thee, Now Is The Month Of Maying, Come to Me

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Voicing: SATB | 40779b | Songbook | $7.50


King's Singers : Madrigals Volume 2 : Mixed 5-8 Parts : 01 Songbook : 50440710

King's Singers : Madrigals Volume 2

This collection of four-part pieces has been drawn from the King's Singers Madrigal History Tour. Included are pieces intended to illustrate the enormous range of styles within the title madrigal. The introduction has performance notes and translations, with a pronunciation guide in the back. This is an excellent way to introduce madrigals to your group.

Songlist: Gentil Senora Mia , So Trinken Wir Alle, Ach, Weh Des Leiden, Tanzen Und Springen, Or Si Rallegri Il Cielo, Valle, Che de'Lamenti Miei Se' Piena , Amor Vittorioso , Contrapunto Bestiale Alla Mente, Zefiro Torna E'l Bel Tempo Rimena (Monteverdi), Triste Depart, Bon Jour: Et Puis, Quelles Nouvelles? , Now Is The Month Of Maying, O Grief ev'n On The Bud , The Silver Swan, Too Much I Once Lamented

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | Performed by King's Singers | 6121b | Songbook | $8.95 | A Cappella


Philip Ledger (editor) : Oxford Book of English Madrigals : Mixed 5-8 Parts : 01 Songbook : 9780193436640

Philip Ledger (editor) : Oxford Book of English Madrigals

The madrigal composed in England during the late sixteenth century and early seventeenth centuries include some of the finest music of the period and are possibly superior in truth and expressiveness even to the madrigals composed in Italy, where the form was invented and flourished over a long period. Faced with many hundreds of possible candidates for inclusion in the edition, the editor worked on the principal that the major composers would each be represented by several madrigals, and the lesser figures by one or more. But no madrigal would be included if it fell below the high standard set by the collection as a whole. Over 60 madrigals are included.

Songlist: Those Sweet Delightful Lilies, All Creatures Now, Weep O Mine Eyes, Lullaby My Sweet Little Baby, This Sweet and Merry Month of May, Though Amaryllis Dance, Come Gentle Swains, Poor is the Life, Quick Quick Away Dispatch!, No Haste But Good!, Fair Nymphs I Heard One Telling, Fair Phyllis I Saw, Consture my Meaning, Ah Dear Heart, Dainty Fine Bird, O that the Learned Poets, The Silver Swan, Trust Not to Much Fair Youth, What is our Life?, Come Away Sweet Love, See What a Maze of Terror, April is in my Mistress' Face, Fyer Fyer!, Hard by a Crystal Fountain, I Love Alas this Tormenting, My Bonnie Lass She Smileth, Now Is The Month Of Maying, Sing We and Chant it, Through Philomela Lost Her Love, Whither Away so Fast?, and more

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Voicing: Mixed 5-8 Parts | 9094b | Songbook | $25.95 | Primarily a cappella


Russell Robinson : English Madrigals : 3 Parts : Sheet Music : Russell L. Robinson

Russell Robinson : English Madrigals

A sumptuous edition of an the cappella standard "April Is In My Mistress' Face" from the madrigal repertoire by Thomas Morley. Available for 3-part mixed voices, Russell Robinson's new adaptation features flowing contrapuntal lines, appropriate vocal ranges, and tasteful editor's marks for a truly authentic performance. Enjoyable to sing, valuable to teach, and splendid to hear. "Fair Phyllis" is another well-edited arrangement by Russell Robinson from the madrigal repertoire. Sung a cappella, or with the piano, the men's part spans only six notes in an easy range for changing voices. Charming secular text, light polyphonic texture, changing meters, and contrasting dynamics. Fair Phyllis is perfect as a first madrigal or as a Renaissance feature on any program. "Sing We And Chant It" - Introduce your 3-part choir to madrigal singing with this wonderful new edition of the Thomas Morley classic designed especially for young singers by Russell Robinson. Reduced to three voice parts, this edition still sounds full and captures all the spirit and joy of madrigal singing. Suitable for large choirs as well as small groups. Add this work to your choral library and use it year after year. An excellent teaching piece...but perform it at concert and festival time, too.

Songlist: Now Is The Month Of Maying, How Merrily We live, Fair Phyllis, Sing We And Chant It, April Is In My Mistress' Face, Fair Phyllis, Now Is The Month Of Maying, Sing We And Chant It, How Merrily We live

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Voicing: 3 Parts | 7024b | Sheet Music | $8.95 | A Cappella


Theron Kirk : Sing We and Chant It : 3 Parts : 01 Songbook : 029156215007  : 00-OCT9622

Theron Kirk : Sing We and Chant It

Introduce junior high and middle school students to the joys of madrigal singing with this outstanding collection. Perfect for young , developing voices, this collection features some of the best known madrigals skillfully arranged for three part mixed voices by Theron Kirk. From the"fa la la" madrogals of Morley to the German part song of Hassler, each is carefully set to compliment the voice ranges and qualities of the devolping male singer. An excellent addition to the repertoire of the changing voice.

Songlist: Sing We And Chant It, Now Is The Month Of Maying, In These Delightful, Pleasant Groves, My Bonnie Lass She Smileth , Matona, Lovely Maiden, Fair Phyllis I Saw, Since Robin Hood, Dancing And Springing

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Voicing: 3 Parts | 9264b | Songbook | $6.95 | A Cappella


Various Arrangers : Madrigals for Treble Voices : Treble : Sheet Music : 02437

Various Arrangers : Madrigals for Treble Voices

"Oh, Follow, Follow On" (France) & "Spring, Now Spring" (Germany) add lightness to any women's choir repertoire - one of new love, the other of Spring's new birth. In French and German respectively with English translations. In three sections, "O Lovely Dove" employs overlapping legato entries marked by mild dissonance. This piece is a model of expressive writing and sung sensitively, will be moving both to audiences and performers. Let music fill your heart with joy in this delightful madrigal style piece of "With The Sound Of Singing". Easily learned and a great concert change of pace! The short piece "Kikkehihi" was written early in Schein's life and is typical of the Italian madrigal. The polyphonic writing offers each voice a melodic line to shape, and imitation to listen for the other voices. Kikkehihi is a rousing way to begin a program and to introduce the choir and audience to the charm of madrigals.

Songlist: O Lovely Dove, Two European Madrigals, Now Is The Month Of Maying, Kikkehihif

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Voicing: Treble | 8083b | Sheet Music | $6.95 | A Cappella


Various Composers : Eight Elizabethan Madrigals : SSA : 01 Songbook : 884088425500 : 0853606633 : 14009956

Various Composers : Eight Elizabethan Madrigals

Eight Madrigals arranged for SSA or SSAA Choir.

Songlist: The Nightingale, Seek sweet content, Now Is The Month Of Maying, Come again, sweet love, What saith my dainty darling, All creatures now are merry minded, The Silver Swan, My bonnie lass, she smileth

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Voicing: SSA | 5112b | Songbook | $7.95 | Accompanied


Various Composers : Madrigals for Treble Voices : Treble : 01 Songbook : 029156169607  : 00-64355

Various Composers : Madrigals for Treble Voices

This collection attempts to provide repertoire for treble-voice groups who desire to sing madrigals. Although a great wealth of madrigal literature exists for mixed voices, some attention has therefore been given to the text of each selection in order to make it more appropriate for feminine choruses.

Songlist: It Was a Lover and His Lass, Let All Who Sing Be Merry, Maidens Fair of Mantua's City, The Messenger of Love, Now Is the Month of Maying, The Silver Swan

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Voicing: Treble | 7294b | Songbook | $5.95


Joan Frey Boytim : Easy Songs for the Beginning Mezzo-Soprano / Alto : Solo : Songbook & CD : 073999837575 : 0634019708 : 50483757

Joan Frey Boytim : Easy Songs for the Beginning Mezzo-Soprano / Alto

This series was designed to supplement traditional vocal instruction and works perfectly as preparatory literature for The First Book of Solos and The First Book of Solos Part II. Each piece is in English and has a limited vocal range as well as a piano accompaniment that is playable by a student pianist. The pieces include art songs, folksongs, humorous songs, and suitable vintage popular songs and are all appropriate for contest solos. The accompanying CD includes professionally-recorded accompaniments.

Songlist: At Parting, Early One Morning , Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit, The First Primrose, Gently, Johnny, My Jingalo, If No One Ever Marries Me, It Was a Lover and His Lass, Last Night, Little Wild Rose , Long, Long Ago, The Lotus Flower , The Maiden's Wish, Mother, Oh Sing Me to Rest , Now Is The Month Of Maying, Oh, Come Again, Beautiful Spring, Shepherd, Play a Little Air!, Sing Me to Sleep, Snowbells, That's an Irish Lullaby, There Are Plenty of Fish in the Sea, Vienna, My City of Dreams, Who'll Buy My Lavender?, You Are Free

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Voicing: Solo | 5076b | Songbook & CD | $16.95 | Voice and Piano


Various Arrangers : The Student Singer - High Voice : Solo : 01 Songbook & 1 CD : 884088590697 : 1458411249 : 00230104

Various Arrangers : The Student Singer - High Voice

This collection for progressing students includes art songs, as well as arrangements of folksongs and spirituals.

Songlist: Greensleeves, Jacob's Ladder, All Through the Night, Shenandoah, He's Got the Whole World in His Hands, Bright is the ring of words (VAUGHAN WILLIAMS), The Call (VAUGHAN WILLIAMS), Come again, sweet love (JOHN DOWLAND), The Gospel Train, How Can I Keep from Singing, How happy art thou (HENRY LAWES), I attempt from love's sickness (HENRY PURCELL), I Gave My Love a Cherry, It was a lover and his lass (HENRY PURCELL), Jack and Joan (THOMAS CAMPIAN), My Lord, What a Mornin', Now Is The Month Of Maying, Nymphs and Shepherds (HENRY PURCELL), Pastime With Good Company, The Silver Swan (ORLANDO GIBBONS), Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, Spring Sorrow (JOHN IRELAND), This Little Light of Mine, Weep you no more (ROGER QUILTER), What if I never speed? (JOHN DOWLAND)

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Voicing: Solo | 3068b | Songbook & 1 CD | $16.95 | Voice and Piano


Various Arrangers : The Student Singer - Low Voice : Solo : 01 Songbook & 1 CD : 884088590703 : 1458411257 : 00230105

Various Arrangers : The Student Singer - Low Voice

This collection for progressing students includes art songs, as well as arrangements of folksongs and spirituals.

Songlist: Greensleeves, Jacob's Ladder, All Through the Night, Shenandoah, He's Got the Whole World in His Hands, Bright is the ring of words (VAUGHAN WILLIAMS), The Call (VAUGHAN WILLIAMS), Come again, sweet love (JOHN DOWLAND), The Gospel Train, How Can I Keep from Singing, How happy art thou (HENRY LAWES), I attempt from love's sickness (HENRY PURCELL), I Gave My Love a Cherry, It was a lover and his lass (HENRY PURCELL), Jack and Joan (THOMAS CAMPIAN), My Lord, What a Mornin', Now Is The Month Of Maying, Nymphs and Shepherds (HENRY PURCELL), Pastime With Good Company, The Silver Swan (ORLANDO GIBBONS), Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, Spring Sorrow (JOHN IRELAND), This Little Light of Mine, Weep you no more (ROGER QUILTER), What if I never speed? (JOHN DOWLAND)

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Voicing: Solo | 3069b | Songbook & 1 CD | $16.95 | Voice and Piano


Various Composers : Mezzo-Soprano Classical Contest Solos : Solo : Songbook & CD : 073999854022 : 0793577993 : 00740074

Various Composers : Mezzo-Soprano Classical Contest Solos

This outstanding series is an encouragement to young singers in preparing a vocal solo. Songs have been carefully chosen for each voice type, after consulting many official state contest repertoire lists. Each volume includes Five art songs in English, one African-American Spiritual, one art song in Spanish, one art song in German, two art songs in italian, new editions and engravings of all songs, historical notes on each composer represented, interpretive suggestions for each song, translations for study and a preface on 'learning a song.' Each enhanced CD includes beautiful performances of each song by talented professional artists, excellent recorded accompaniment tracks for practice, pronunciation lessons in German, Italian and Spanish. In addition to piano accompaniments playable on both your CD player and computer, the enhanced CD also includes tempo adjustment and transposition softward for CD-ROM compute use only. This edition is for Mezzo-Sopranos/Altos.

Songlist: An Die Musik , The Blue Bell , He Shall Feed His Flock 0, My Lord What A Lovely Morning, Now Is The Month Of Maying , Nymphs And Shepards, Ombra Mai Fu , Porque Toco El Pndero , Silent Noon , Vergin Tutto Amor

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Voicing: Solo | 8526b | Songbook & CD | $15.95 | Voice and Piano


Individual Folios

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Now Is The Month Of Maying : SAB : Russell Robinson : Thomas Morley : Songbook & CD : 00-17674 : 038081157146

Russell Robinson : Now Is The Month Of Maying

Morley's famous madrigal is arranged perfectly for 3-part mixed voices. Excellent for developing choirs and small vocal ensembles. Limited range male part.

Arranger: Russell Robinson | Composer: Thomas Morley

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.65 | A Cappella |
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| 00-17674


Now Is The Month Of Maying : SSA : Russell Robinson : Thomas Morley : Sheet Music : 00-21649 : 038081210438

Russell Robinson : Now Is The Month Of Maying

Thanks to the skillful editing of Russell Robinson, now SSA and 3-part mixed choirs can enjoy this merry madrigal from the traditional repertoire. Superbly reduced to preserve the harmonic and melodic structure of Thomas Morley's original work. A quintessential madrigal featuring dynamic variations, much repetition, and joyful "fa-la-la's."

Arranger: Russell Robinson | Composer: Thomas Morley

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-21649


Now Is The Month Of Maying : SSAB : Joyce Eilers : Thomas Morley : Sheet Music : 08301815 : 884088136222

Joyce Eilers : Now Is The Month Of Maying

This classic English madrigal by Thomas Morley (1557-1603) has been wisely edited and arranged by famed teacher/composer Joyce Eilers. The uniqueness is the voicing: SSAB, for choirs whose members number more women than men. The music is a joyful favorite now available to many more ensembles.

Arranger: Joyce Eilers | Composer: Thomas Morley

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Voicing: SSAB | Sheet Music | $1.60 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08301815


Now Is The Month Of Maying : 2-Part : Carol Kelley : Thomas Morley : Sheet Music : 08551859 : 884088049201

Carol Kelley : Now Is The Month Of Maying

Here is all the fa-la-la fun you could ever want as well as an excellent introduction to madrigal style in this accessible accompanied setting for treble and tenor bass.

Arranger: Carol Kelley | Composer: Thomas Morley

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $1.70 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08551859 | Voicetrax CD Available


Now Is The Month Of Maying : TB : Carol Kelley : Thomas Morley : Sheet Music : 08551860 : 884088049218

Carol Kelley : Now Is The Month Of Maying

Arranger: Carol Kelley | Composer: Thomas Morley

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Voicing: TB | Sheet Music | $1.60 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 08551860 | Voicetrax CD Available


Now Is The Month Of Maying : 3-Part Mixed : Roger Emerson : Thomas Morley : Sheet Music : 40314060 : 073999140606

Roger Emerson : Now Is The Month Of Maying

Carefully arranged and fun to sing, this easy, enjoyable introduction to the English madrigal is a perfect addition to any concert. Available: 3-Part Mixed.

Arranger: Roger Emerson | Composer: Thomas Morley

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Voicing: 3-Part Mixed | Sheet Music | $1.70 |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 40314060


Now Is The Month Of Maying : SSA : Walter Ehret : Thomas Morley : Sheet Music : 48003341 : 073999758757

Walter Ehret : Now Is The Month Of Maying

Arranger: Walter Ehret | Composer: Thomas Morley

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Voicing: SSA | Sheet Music | $2.25 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 48003341

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