The First Book of Songs or Airs of Four Parts (Pilkington, Francis)

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Bassani (2011/8/31)

Editor Godfrey Edward Pellew Arkwright (1864-1944)
Publisher. Info. The Old English Edition. No. 18.
London: Joseph Williams, Oxford: Parker and Co., 1897.
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Editor Godfrey Edward Pellew Arkwright (1864-1944)
Publisher. Info. The Old English Edition. No. 19.
London: Joseph Williams, Oxford: Parker and Co., 1898.
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General Information

Work Title The First Book of Songs Or Airs of Four Parts
Alternative. Title
Composer Pilkington, Francis
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 14 songs:
  1. Now Peep, Bo-Peep
  2. My Choice Is Made
  3. Can She Disdain
  4. Alas Fair Face
  5. Whither So Fast
  6. Rest, Sweet Nymphs
  7. Ay Me, She Frowns
  8. Now Let Her Change
  9. Underneath A Cypress Shade
  10. Sound Woeful Plaints
  11. You That Pine In Long Desire
  12. Look Mistress Mine
  13. Climb O Heart
  14. Thanks Gentle Moon
First Publication. 1605
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Renaissance
Piece Style Renaissance
Instrumentation 4 voices, lute

Misc. Comments

  • According to Grove Music, the original instrumentation was SATB voices with lute or orpharion and bass viol.
  • However, the Introduction to this edition says "It is not quite clear whether the Lute-part was used when the four-part setting was sung. From the fact that the two arrangements do not always agree, it is probable that this was not intended, at any rate in some of the songs. It is most likely that the Songs were written in the first place for a single Treble voice with an accompaniment for the Lute (or Orpharion) and Viol da Gamba, the arrangement for voices being an afterthought. There is no separate part printed for the Viol da Gamba, but of course the part allotted to the Bass voice was played on it."