English Composers

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Extra Music
          At the beginning of the list are two older English pieces: Sumer is Icumen In and Deo Gracias Anglia (aka The Agincourt Carol), which have not yet been reliably credited to any particular composer, and aren't of the same type of music, but they are intriguing.
          Sumer is icumen in was found in a manuscript from England's Reading Abbey (the words were actually written in the margins of the manuscript next to a liturgical hymn with the same music).
          Deo Gracias Anglia (usually known as The Agincourt Carol) appeared in the Chapel Royal collection by the end of Henry V's Normandy campaign of 1415-16. Indeed, the Court Rolls indicate that a John Cook, clerk of the Chapel, "is granted 6s., fore presentyng a songe onn the recente victorie" in January, 1416 (less than three months after the decisive battle), but this is not necessarily proof of the authorship of this piece.

Changes to this page
          I have obtained access to various resources in Elizabethan choral music recently, and as a result, many of the composers represented here are being moved to their own pages linked from this one. This has been necessitated by the vast increase in material being presented, so the look of this page, in particular, will be changing often over the next few years, as I am able to edit more of these resources. If you don't see what you're looking for, write me, and I'll see if I can move your request up on my priority listing.


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A Reading Abbey monk
Sumer is icumen in X

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Anonymous  (discussion)
The Agincourt Carol  X

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Bartlet, John
Of All the Birds that I Do Know
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Bateson, Thomas Ah, Cupid grant that I may never see
X

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Dame Venus hence to Paphos go
X

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Down From Above X

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Hark Hear You Not
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If Love Be Blind X

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Phyllis, Farewell X

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Those Sweet, Delightful Lillies
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When Oriana walk'd X

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Whither So Fast X

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Who Prostrate Lies X

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Your Shining Eyes X

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Bennet, John




All Creatures Now Are Merry Minded X

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For The Hearne And Ducke
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O Sleep, Fond Fancy X

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The Elves Dance
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Weep, O Mine Eyes X

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Ye Restless Thoughts X

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Byrd, William
Master Byrd hath his own page HERE

Campion, Thomas
My Love Hath Vowed X

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Cavendish, Michael Come, Gentle Swains X

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Cornysh, William



Ave Maria Mater Dei
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Adieu! Mes amours
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Ah, Robin, Gentle Robin X
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Blow thy horn hunter
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Hoyda, hoyda, jolly rutterkin
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Mannerly Margery Milk and Ale X

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Dowland, John Please go to the Dowland page HERE

Dunstable, John O rosa bella
X

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Quam pulchra es et quam decora

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Speciosa facta es

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East, Michael Dear, why do you joy?
X

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Farewell, False Love!
X

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Hence, Stars Too Dim of Light
X

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How Merrily We Live
X

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I Heard Three Virgins
X

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In dolorous complaining
X

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         Part II - Since tears could not obtain X

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Poor is the Life
X

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Quick, Quick Away, Dispatch X

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           Part II - No haste but good
X
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Why runs away my love?
X

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         Part II - Why do you seek by flight
X

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Why Smilest Thou Sweet Jewel
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Farmer, John





A Little Pretty Bonny Lass
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Compare Me to the Child
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Fair Nymphs, I Heard One Telling
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Fair Phyllis I Saw
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Take Time While Time Doth Last X

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You pretty flowers thay smile
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Farnaby, Giles  See his own page HERE

Ferrabosco, Alfonso
Find Master Alfonso's page from the Italian page

Ford, Thomas Now I see thy looks were feigned
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Since First I Saw Your Face X

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Gibbons, Orlando

Dainty Fine Bird
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The Silver Swan X

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What is Our Life X

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Greaves, Thomas Come Away, Sweet Love X

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Hilton, John
As Flora Slept
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You Lovers that have Loves Astray X

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Hunt, Thomas
Hark! Did ye ever hear?
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Jones, Robert

Farewell, Dear Love
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Once Did I Serve a Cruel Heart
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Sweet Kate X

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Kirbye, George
Ah, Cruel Hateful Fortune!
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I love, alas, yet I am not beloved


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Must I part, O my jewel?


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See What A Maze Of Error 
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Sleep Now, My Muse X

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Up, Melpomene


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               Part II - Why wail we thus


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Lichfild, Henry
Shall I Seek To Ease My Grief  X

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Morley, Thomas See Thomas Morley's page  HERE

Mundy, John

My Prime of Youth
               Part II - In Deep Distress
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Were I a King X

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Nicholson, Richard
Joan quoth John
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Philips, Peter Wherefore Sit I Complaining X

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Pilkington, Francis




Amyntas With His Phyllis Fair
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Have I found Her?
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Palaemon And His Sylvia
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Rest, Sweet Nymphs
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Why Should I Grieve? X

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What Though Her Frowns
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Power, Leonel
Beata progenies
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Ramsey, Robert Sleep, Fleshly Birth X

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Tallis, Thomas If Ye Love Me
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Lamentatio Jeremiae prophetae

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Tomkins, Thomas
Adieu, Ye City-Pris'ning Towers
X

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Music Divine
X

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O, Let Me Live!
X

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O, Yes! Has Any Found A Lad?
X

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See, see the Shepherd's Queen
X

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The Fauns and Satyrs tripping
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Too Much I Once Lamented X

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Tudor, Henry 
(Henry VIII of England)
Pastyme With Good Company X

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Vautor, Thomas

Mother, I Will Have A Husband
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Sweet Suffolk Owl
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Ward, John


A Satyr Once did Run Away
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Come, Sable Night
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Hope of My Heart
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My Breast I'll Set
                    Upon a Silver Stream
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Out From the Vale X

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Weelkes, Thomas
See the Thomas Weelkes page  HERE

Whythorn, Thomas
I Have Ere This Time Heard
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Wilbye, John
John Wilbye's page may be found  HERE