Sumer is icumen in (Anonymous)

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Various suggestions have been made for the composer of this; see below, Comments.


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Publisher. Info. London: Breitkopf und Härtel, 1910. Plate 26464.
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General Information

Work Title Sumer is icumen in
Alternative. Title
Composer Anonymous
Key F major
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. about 1260
Language English, Latin alternative text in original
Piece Style Medieval
Instrumentation voices a cappella
Extra Locations Reliquary of English Song
100 Songs of England (Bantock, Granville)

Misc. Comments

  • The Granville Bantock edition ascribes this to John of Fornsete (circa 1226), a monk at Reading Abbey where the only extant manuscript is located. Grove Music mentions Fornsete but also mentions William of Winchester, William de Wicumbe, and Robert Burgate as possibilities.
  • According to the instructions, "This round can be sung by four companions, but must not be performed by fewer than three, or at least two, apart from those performing the pes. It is sung as follows: While the others remain silent, one begins together with those who have the pes, and when he shall have come to the first note after the cross, another begins, and so on with the rest. But each shall pause at the written rests, and not elsewhere, for the duration of one long note. One singer repeats this [the first pes] as often as necessary, observing the rest at the end. Another sings this [the second pes] with a rest in the middle but not at the end, at which point he at once repeats the beginning."