Music, words and songs for May from 16th and 17thC Britain: Ballads, madrigals, lutesongs, dances, rounds, theatre & masque music, consort songs & consort music.
38 pieces of music interspersed with woodcuts, poetry and prose, describing the month itself, and many associated customs including Maying and gathering May, May queens, maypoles, Robin Hood, morris and hobby horse.
Includes music by Collard, Dowland, East, Farthing, Gregory, Hilton, Lawes, Morley, Rogers, Weelkes, Wilson, Youll & anon. Words by Breton, Herrick, Peacham, Spenser, Stubbes and Winstanley.
Some pieces are manuscript transcriptions, and have not been published before.
In the Merry Month of May is the sixth book in a series of seasonal collections of music [the others are: To Shorten Winter’s Sadness; Old Christmas Returned; This Merry Pleasant Spring; In Flower of April Springing and In Peascod Time]
(Treble/Bass clefs) 78 pages.
Eighteen 3 part pieces
Four 4 part pieces
Two 5 part pieces