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Songes of the Merrie Jester

INTERMEDIATE, ALL HARPS.  Renaissance Songes of the Merrie Jester by Robin Fickle is a cheerful collection of Renaissance tunes from England, France, Germany and Italy. 

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Renaissance Songes of the Merrie Jester by Robin Fickle is a cheerful collection of Renaissance tunes from England, France, Germany and Italy.  This book contains music composed by Renaissance notables such as King Henry VIII of England and Lorenzo the Magnificent de’ Medici, the great patron of Michelangelo.  Included are many dance tunes from Italian, French, Flemish and English sources such as John Playford’s English Dancing Master as well as many Elizabethan love songs from well known composers such as John Dowland, the royal lutenist.  Short biographies of each composer are included.  The easy to play arrangements are for the intermediate level player.  A little more than half of the pieces are written in the key of G, most of  the others are in F while a handful are in C and one is in D. Most pieces are written without key changes. However, pedal and lever harp markings appear in the few pieces that change key and fingerings are contained throughout.  35 pieces, pages, spiral bound, $19.95.  Those who enjoy this book will also love the companion volume, Renaissance Songes of the Merrie Cavalier, which is devoted to many of the same composers.

England
Anonymous
Robin is to the Greenwood Gone
Howell’s Delight
Joy to the Person of My Love
Anonymous – from John Playford’s The English Dancing Master, 1651- c.1728
Grimstock
Kemp’s Jig
The King’s Delight
Madge on a Tree
Batchelar, Daniell (c. 1574-1618)
Monsieur’s Almain
Bennet, John (c. 1575-after 1614)
My Mistris is as Faire as Fine
Byrd, William (c. 1539/40-1623)
The Queen’s Alman
Campion, Thomas (1567-1620)
Never Weather – Beaten Saile
Dowland, John (1563-1626)
Amaie with these Selfe Loving Lads
Can She Excuse My Wrongs
Mistresse Nichol’s Almand
Now, O Now, I Needs Must Part (Frog Galliard)
Henry VIII, King of England (1491-1547)
Helas Madame

Holborne, Anthony (c.1545-1602)
The Fruit of Love
Johnson, Robert (c. 1583-c. 1634)
The Third of the Prince’s
Morley, Thomas (1557/58-1602)
It was a Lover and His Lasse
Now is the Moneth of May
Sing Wee and Chaunt It
Ravenscroft, Thomas (c. 1582/92-c. 1635)
There were Three Ravens
Rosseter, Philip (1567/68-1623)
When Laura Smiles

Flanders (Belgium)
Susato, Tylman (1450-1599)
La Morisque

France
Anonymous
J’ai vu le Loup, le Renard, le Lievre
Arbeau, Thoinot (1519-1595)
Air de la Gavotte
Bransle de la Torche
Chardavoine, Jehan (1538-c.1580)
Mignone, allons voir si la Rose
Le Roy, Adrian (1520-1598)
Si J’ayme ou non Je n’en dy Rien

Germany
Praetorius, Michael (1571-1621)
The King’s Dance

Italy
Anonymous
La Rocha el Fuso
Ambrosio,  Giovanni (c. 1425-after 1480)
Amoroso
De’ Medici, Lorenzo the Magnificent (1449-1492)
Lauro
Del Biabo, Guiseppino
Fuggi, Fuggi, Fuggi da Questo Cielo
Negri, Cesare (1535-c.1604)
Alta Mendozza
 
 

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Songes of the Merrie Jester

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INTERMEDIATE, ALL HARPS.  Renaissance Songes of the Merrie Jester by Robin Fickle is a cheerful collection of Renaissance tunes from England, France, Germany and Italy. 

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