Elegies upon the Death of a Master or Friend
by Brian Peter Russell

A tradition from at least the start of the Burgundian School of music masters, the elegy carried over into the English School, if not the Italian or German schools. What follows on this page are those elegies I have found written by Flemish and English composers upon the death of a Master or, in the case of the Weelkes piece, a friend, usually on the day the writer learned of the death.

These are also presented on the usual page for the composer, but are here presented on the same page for convenience. I have here presented them only in NoteWorthy format, and to read that you will again need the NoteWorthy Viewer 2 found here.

William Byrd Ye Sacred Muses   upon the death of Thomas Tallis
Josquin des Prez Nymphes de bois   La Deploration de la morte de Johannes Ockeghem
Johannes Ockeghem Mort tu as navre de ton dart   upon the death of Gilles Binchois
Jacob van Vaet Continuo lacrimas   upon the death of Jacob Clemens non Papa
Thomas Weelkes Death Hath Deprived Me   for his friend, Thomas Morley

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