Music, some think, no music is (Thomas Bateson)

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  • (Posted 2012-03-14)  CPDL #25758:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-03-14).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In original key. The facsimile editions sets this for SSAATB, but SATTTB fits normal voice ranges better. Revised files uploaded 29/01/19.

General Information

Title: Music, some think, no music is
Composer: Thomas Bateson

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SATTTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The First Set of English Madrigals to 3-6 voices, no. 28

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Original text and translations

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Music, some think, no music is,
 Unless she sing of toy and kiss;
And bring to wanton tunes fie fie,
Or tittle tattle, or I’ll cry:
But let such rhymes no more disgrace
Music, sprung of heav’nly race.