Composers Pages


THOMAS
BATESON                 JOHN BENNET

WILLIAM
BYRD                      Michael CAVENDISH
                    
                                                   JOHN
DOWLAND

MICHAEL
EAST                       GILES FARNABY

JOHN
FARMER                        ORLANDO GIBBONS

THOMAS
GREAVES                 GEORGE KIRBYE

THOMAS
MORLEY                  JOHN  MUNDY

PETER 
PHILIPS                       FRANCIS PILKINGTON

RICHARD
RAMSEY                  THOMAS TOMKINS

THOMAS
VAUTOR                   JOHN WARD

THOMAS
WEELKES                 JOHN WILBYE

                  
Miscellaneous Composers

LIST OF ALL TUNES IN EXCEL FORMAT

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THE TRIUMPH OF ORIANA (compiled 1600 by Thomas Morley)

MODERN COMPOSITIONS featuring some of the members of the
                                               "Madrigalians Yahoo! Group".

Slightly "off-centre" Madrigals by F. L. Dunkin Wedd... FUNNY Stuff!
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Page last modified 2006-09-22
Parts-Songs were most popular from (we assume) the 12th  Century ("Sumer Is A-Cumin In") through the mid 17th Centuries,  generally accepted as being passe around 1649 due to the establishment of the Commonwealth.  Without a doubt,  the period of their heyday and fairest flowering was the later 16th Century,  the age of  Morley,  Farmer,  Wilby,  etc.  Their intricately constructed melodic play and counterpoint greatly influenced composers through the early 18th Century and were certainly one of the cornerstones upon which the Baroque period was founded. 

I find them astoundingly difficult to sing  (and I find it even harder to find from three to five other voices!),  but - once mastered - infinitely rewarding and eternally fresh and new.  In particular, Thomas Morley's "Fyre, Fyre!" with it's carefully constructed finale is among my favourites in the English Madrigal genre. 

The French, the Italians,  the Germans and the Dutch  as well wrote magnificent melodic lines and set wonderful poetry to those lines, but I prefer the English... I can (attempt) to speak it and (occasionally) understand it and it is, to my mind, the culmination of the genre.

The tunes below are finally available in
NWCMIDI and  PDF formats.  Having solved the problem of converting NWC to PDF I am now happy to announce that all files have been converted and are being added to the individual pages.  While the on-screen resolution is, to say the least, abysmal,  the printed versions are quite acceptable.  Any hints anyone may have for getting the on-screen verzions more readable will be gladly accepted.

For instructions on how to read the music,  please go
HERE and follow the bouncing words for Noteworthy.  Those with MIDI players can simply click the MIDI links but you'll get no words to go along with the tune and the words are half the fun!   Free PDF readers are available    HERE,   HERE or  HERE.
My deepest thanks to Norman Rowe, Greg Yeutter and Benoit Huwart  for their editorial efforts!
Another website with a more eclectic approach to Choral Music (also in NWC and PDF formats)
may be found at
http://www.cipoo.net/ which featuresVoice and Piano selections as well as Choral from across Europe and from every age.      Very nice site from Italy and a pleasure to link to!
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