Here they are with pointers to the music.
If there’s any demand, I’ll do a booklet as I’ve done in previous
years, once the sets are a little more cast in concrete. So let me
know whether that would be helpful.
- Billings, By the rivers of Watertown regular
parts in original key.. Also transposed down a step, and the bass solo cued in the
other parts in the
2004 book, and with larger type but in the original key from the
2003 book. Please use the version
transposed down a step.
assis, aux rives aquatiques Please make
sure you have the most recent version, with letters A through F on all
- Gibbons, Silver
Swan A problem with the tenor part was
fixed on March 30; please download again if you printed it before that.
- Dowland, “Me, me and none but me”
- Arcadelt “Il bianco e dolce cigno”
- Possibly the 5-part “Il
bianco e dolce cigno”. This is contingent on being able to learn
it, which seems dubious to me since it’s been a while since we had a
rehearsal with enough people to cover the parts, and it doesn’t look
like this Tuesday will be an exception. Dropped for the May performance; we will get back to
learning it after that.
- Possibly other “Rivers of Babylon settings”. I particularly like
the one we sing in West Gallery to the Walter Scott “Dies Irae”
translation, which was originally published to a Thomas Campian
Streams” We will probably do an
instrumental and the first two verses of the vocal in May.
- Morley, Now is the Month of Maying
- Morley, April is
in my Mistress Face We may drop this for May.
- Dowland, “Clear or
Cloudy”. This one is also in the
2004 book with the Tenor A section printed with the Quintus B section.
- Maybe Campian, “My love
hath vowd hee will forsake mee” At March 1
rehearsal, we decided that we will sing 4 verses, with solos on the A
sections of 1-3. Everyone not playing the bass will sing all B
sections, and the A section of verse 4. The bass part isn’t idiomatic
for serpent, so it will be played by cello and/or viol.
- Morley “God
Morrow, fair ladies of the May”
This may be hard to learn in the time we have available, so a subset
of the group may do it.
The link I gave was to the original key; if we
do it we’ll do it a third down, so use it from serpent.laymusic.org
These are all in the
drinking songs book.
We’ll be selecting a 15 minute set for the Walk for Hunger, and
possibly also doing it at the BRS performance on April 2.
- He that will an Alehouse keep
- Let us drink and be merry
- 5 reasons
- He that drinks is immortal
- Tis Women
- I gave her cakes and I gave her ale
- Slaves are they that heap up mountains
- To Anacreon in Heaven
- Quant je boy du vin claret tout tourne
- Vignon, Vignon
- Changeons propos
- Vive la serpe Make sure you have the
version with one sharp.
I have ommitted several rounds that we could pretty easily work up,
so if anyone’s favorites aren’t here, let me know and I’ll add them.
I think at any particular performance, we wouldn’t do all of those,
but it’s good to have that many available.