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English Madrigals
last update: 30 Sep 2014

At the beginning of the list are two older English pieces: Sumer is Icumen In and Deo Gracias Anglia (aka The Agincourt Carol), which have not yet been reliably credited to any particular composer, and aren't of the same type of music, but they are intriguing......

Sumer is icumen in was found in a manuscript from England's Reading Abbey (the words were actually written in the margins of the manuscript next to a liturgical hymn with the same music).

Deo Gracias Anglia (usually known as The Agincourt Carol) appeared in the Chapel Royal collection by the end of Henry V's Normandy campaign of 1415-16. Indeed, the Court Rolls indicate that a John Cook, clerk of the Chapel, "is granted 6s., fore presentyng a songe onn the recente victorie" in January, 1416 (less than three months after the decisive battle), but this is not neccesarily proof of the authorship of this piece.


ComposerTitlesecularsacredavailable in
unknown Reading Abbey monk Sumer is Icumen in x NWC or MIDI
uncertain (see above discussion) Deo Gracias Anglia / The Agincourt Carol x NWC or MIDI
Bartlet, John Of All the Birds that I Do Know x NWC or MIDI
Bateson, Thomas Ah, Cupid grant that I may never see x NWC or MIDI
" Dame Venus hence to Paphos go x NWC or MIDI
" Down From Above x NWC or MIDI
" Hark Hear You Not x NWC or MIDI
" If Love Be Blind x NWC or MIDI
" Phyllis, Farewell x NWC or MIDI
" When Oriana Walk'd x NWC or MIDI
" Whither So Fast x NWC or MIDI
" Who Prostrate Lies x NWC or MIDI
" Your Shining Eyes x NWC or MIDI
Bennet, John All Creatures Now Are Merry Minded x NWC or MIDI
" For The Hearne And Ducke x NWC or MIDI
" O Sleep, Fond Fancy x NWC or MIDI
" The Elves Dance x NWC or MIDI
" Weep, O Mine Eyes x NWC or MIDI
" Ye Restless Thoughts x NWC or MIDI
Byrd, William Master Byrd hath his own page here
Campion, Thomas My Love Hath Vowed x NWC or MIDI
Cavendish, Michael Come,Gentle Swains x NWC or MIDI
Cornysh, William Ave Maria Mater Dei x NWC or MIDI
" Adieu! Mes amours x NWC or MIDI
" Ah, Robin, Gentle Robin x NWC or MIDI
" Blow thy horn, Hunter x NWC or MIDI
" Hoyda, hoyda, jolly Rutterkin x NWC or MIDI
" Mannerly Margery Milk and Ale x NWC or MIDI
Dowland, John Please go to the Dowland page here
Dunstable, John O rosa bella x NWC or MIDI
" Quam pulchra es et quam decora x NWC or MIDI
" Speciosa facta es x NWC or MIDI
East, Michael Please go to Master East's page here
Farmer, John A Little Pretty Bonny Lass x NWC or MIDI
" Compare Me to the Child x NWC or MIDI
" Fair Nymphs, I Heard One Telling x NWC or MIDI
" Fair Phyllis I Saw x NWC or MIDI
" Take Time While Time Doth Last x NWC or MIDI
" You pretty Flow'rs that Smile x NWC or MIDI
Farnaby, Giles See his own page here
Ferrabosco, Alfonso Find Master Alfonso's page from the Italian page or directly here
Ford, Thomas Now I see thy looks were feigned x NWC or MIDI
" Since First I Saw Your Face x NWC or MIDI
Gibbons, Orlando Ah, dear heart x NWC or MIDI
" Dainty Fine Bird x NWC or MIDI
" O, that the learned poets x NWC or MIDI
" The Silver Swan x NWC or MIDI
" Trust Not Too Much x NWC or MIDI
" What is Our Life x NWC or MIDI
Greaves, Thomas Come Away, Sweet Love x NWC or MIDI
Hilton, John As Flora Slept x NWC or MIDI
" You Lovers that have Loves Astray x NWC or MIDI
Hunt, Thomas Hark! Did ye ever hear? x NWC or MIDI
Jones, Robert Farewell, Dear Love x NWC or MIDI
" Once Did I Serve a Cruel Heart x NWC or MIDI
" Sweet Kate x NWC or MIDI
Kirbye, George Ah, Cruel Hateful Fortune! x NWC or MIDI
" I love, alas, yet I am not Beloved x NWC or MIDI
" Must I part, O my Jewel? x NWC or MIDI
" See What A Maze Of Error x NWC or MIDI
" Sleep Now, My Muse x NWC or MIDI
" Up, Melpomene     Part 1 of 2 x NWC or MIDI
" Why Wail We Thus     Part 2 of 2 x NWC or MIDI
Lichfild, Henry Shall I Seek To Ease My Grief x NWC or MIDI
Morley, Thomas See Thomas Morley's page here
Mundy, John My Prime of Youth     Part 1 of 2 x NWC or MIDI
" In Deep Distress     Part 2 of 2 x NWC or MIDI
" Were I a King x NWC or MIDI
Nicholson, Richard Joan quoth John x NWC or MIDI
Philips, Peter Wherefore Sit I Complaining x NWC or MIDI
Pilkington, Francis Amyntas With His Phyllis Fair x NWC or MIDI
" Have I found Her? x NWC or MIDI
" Palaemon And His Sylvia x NWC or MIDI
" Rest, Sweet Nymphs x NWC or MIDI
" Why Should I Grieve? x NWC or MIDI
" What Though Her Frowns x NWC or MIDI
Power, Leonel Beata progenies x NWC or MIDI
Ramsey, Robert Sleep, Fleshly Birth x NWC or MIDI
Tallis, Thomas If Ye Love Me x NWC or MIDI
" Lamentatio Jeremiae prophetae x NWC or MIDI
Tomkins, Thomas Adieu, Ye City-Pris'ning Towers x NWC or MIDI
" Music Divine x NWC or MIDI
" O, Let Me Live! x NWC or MIDI
" O, Yes! Has Any Found A Lad? x NWC or MIDI
" See, See the Shepherd's Queen x NWC or MIDI
" The Fauns and Satyrs Tripping x NWC or MIDI
" Too Much I Once Lamented x NWC or MIDI
Tudor, Henry (Henry VIII) Pastyme With Good Company x NWC or MIDI
Vautor, Thomas Mother, I Will Have A Husband x NWC or MIDI
" Sweet Suffolk Owl x NWC or MIDI
Ward, John A Satyr Once did Run Away x NWC or MIDI
" Come, Sable Night x NWC or MIDI
" Hope of My Heart x NWC or MIDI
" My Breast I'll Set Upon a Silver Stream x NWC or MIDI
" Out From the Vale x NWC or MIDI
Weelkes, Thomas See the Thomas Weelkes page here
Whythorn, Thomas I Have Ere This Time x NWC or MIDI
Wilbye, John John Wilbye's page is to be found here


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