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||Duos, or Songs for Two Voices
|Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No.
||RISM A/I: W 993
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.
||1590 - London: Thomas Este
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period
According to Grove Music, "Whythorne made it clear that the music was intended either for voices or combined instruments and voices. . . . The first 22 duets were ‘made for young beginners’, or ‘for a man and a childe to sing, or otherwise for voices or Instruments of Musicke, that be of the like compasse or distance in sound’. The second group consists of 15 songs ‘made for two children to sing. Also they be aptly made for two treble Cornets’ or other voices or instruments of similar compass. The remaining 15 compositions were ‘all Canons of two parts in one’, intended for voices or instruments ‘of divers compasses or distances’."