Time for a folk revival? Ready for incense & candles? Beehives, Beatniks and Birkenstocks? Me, neither. But this is a great song by any standards, and while not an overly ambitious arrangement, I think it nicely captures the mood.
This will be a really nice change of pace for us. Don’t panic, it’s not too difficult to learn. The difficulty will lie in the dissonances that derive from singing the 3 parts of the canon together. When it’s right, it’s quite magical. I’ve included clicks in (hopefully) appropriate places to help you count the bars of silence.
Another 3-part madrigal from the 17th Century by Thomas Tomkins. It’s lovely and sombre in its minor key.
When you work from the audio be sure to note what bar and beat you come in on as all audio parts start immediately and may not reflect your actual entrance beat.
Check out these lyrics:
How great delight from those sweet lips I taste Whether I hear them speak, or feel them kiss! Only this want I have, that being graced With one of them, the other straight I miss. Love, since thou canst do wonders, heap my blisses And grant her kissing words, or speaking kisses.
Here’s the Rhythmaname Match Game sheet to test your rhythm reading, for those of you who missed our last session. Mostly for fun but good training, too. We’ll go over it next session. You can download the PDF here if you want to print it out.
Which brings me to alerting you to our session this Thursday, 29 October at 7:30pm. We hope to see you all there.
Here’s one of the all time greats of English folk music.
From Wikipedia: The lyrics are first found in publications as far back as 1787. A broadside in the Bodleian Library, Oxford dates from about 1803. Early editions are often referred to as “The Lamenting Maid” or “The Lovesick Maid”.
It was only with William Chappell’s publication in his National English Airs of c.1855-1859 that the well-known melody was first printed. The melody may be derived from an earlier song “The Forsaken Lover”. Chappell wrote in his later Popular Music of the Olden Time:
“If I were required to name three of the most popular songs among the servant-maids of the present generation, I should say, from my own experience, that they are Cupid’s Garden, I sow’d the seeds of love, and Early one morning. I have heard Early one morning sung by servants who came from Leeds, from Hereford and from Devonshire, and by others from parts nearer to London. The tune… was, I believe first printed in my collection…. from one of the penny song-books collected by Ritson, and it is curious that scarely any two copies agree beyond the second line, although the subject is always the same – a damsel’s complaint for the loss of her lover.”
Since there are bars of rests in this piece I’ve put in a click track to help you count bars, but just in the rests, not the whole song. There are 4 clicks before your initial entrance and I have left out the first bars rest at the beginning if you have them.
We often have requests for members to pay only for each session attended. However, we are starting to feel that we need a more formal policy, as most courses or groups have a termly subscription fee. So:
Course fee is £70 per term. Some terms will include 8 sessions for that price, some terms 7 sessions. For those who are unable to come as often as that, we will offer a part-time subscription of £50, for attendance at up to 5 sessions. We would like to encourage people to keep on showing up, even though they may have to miss several meetings.
For those with financial hardship who would still like to attend, please contact us directly, and we will sort something out.