To Shorten Winter’s Sadness

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English Music and Song for Christmas and Winter from the 16th & 17 Centuries

Edited by Tamsin Lewis

“This collection contains a selection of carols, ballads, rounds, madrigals, dance melodies and consort songs, and follows the religious calendar from Advent to Candlemas.   It also describes many of the festive customs of the time, with feasts and revels through the cold of winter, and fairs upon the frozen river.”

Forty one pieces in varying number of parts from duets to five parts.  71 pages.

Score only: £15.99

Score with parts on CD for home printing: £19.99

Score and printed parts £22.99

CD contains: Parts for Recorders, viols and violin family on double sided A3 or single sided A4.

Part 1: Treble, octave treble clef.

Part 2: Treble, octave treble, alto clef.

Part 3: Octave treble, alto, bass clef.

Part 4: Bass clef.

Format Score Only, Score with Parts on CD, Score with printed parts
3.00 out of 5

1 review for To Shorten Winter’s Sadness

  1. 3 out of 5

    Rating by Jackie on April 4, 2016 :

    This useful publication with music for the festive season contains 41 instrumental and vocal pieces grouped in 10 themes: The Coming of Winter, Advent, Christmas, Christmas Revelry, Innocent’s Day, New Year’s Day, Epiphany, Candlemas – the End of Christmas and The Cold of Winter. The music ranges from two to five parts and most of the pieces are texted. The layout is exemplary and where he original source has only one voice, tasteful arrangements have been made. There are no tablatures, not even for the lute song Now Winter Nights Enlarge the Number of their Hours by Thomas Campion. There are a few pieces where it would be nice to play continuo, but most of the pieces are best suited to single line playing and singing. The book contains a listing of the original sources and a relevant bibliography. This is the ideal book to play from with friends on those long winter nights, or as a source for next year’s Christmas concert. I can recommend it to you all.

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