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|Work Title||Now let us go and bid the morning|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||ITE 1|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Baroque|
|Instrumentation||3 voices or female chorus (SAA)|
WikiChoral calls this a madrigal, and the only known versions are contemporary typesets of English versions. However, Elsbeth was a German composer, and although very little is known about his life, there is currently no evidence (see Wikipedia article) that he travelled outside of Germany. Further, all of his published works were published in Germany. Therefore, this is unlikely to have been in English as its first language. Elsbeth did publish secular as well as sacred songs, one example of which is his 1599 collection Neue Ausserlesene Weltliche Lieder : uvor niemals in Druck ausgangen " welche nicht allein lieblich zusingen : sondern auch auff Instrumenten zugebrauchen: mit fünff Stimmen fleissig. Although this is for 5 voices, not 3, it is possible that the English version is an arrangement. On the other hand, there was at least one 3-voice song in German, Freunde, so lasst uns jetztund singen (not specifically female voices, but "equal" voices, i.e. 3 male voices would also be an option). On the assumption that this is from a collection of lieder, the genre tag has been changed to "lieder", but the rest is very much subject to correction (number of voices, language), and hopefully, IMSLP will get the secular song collection in the future to see if that contains a German 1st edition.