The teares or lamentacions of a sorrowfull soule (William Leighton)

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Publication date and place: 1614

In 1613 the poet and minor composer Sir William Leighton published a book of his own devotional verse entitled The teares or lamentacions of a sorrowfull soule. The following year, having apparently persuaded many of the major English composers of the day to provide settings of his poems, he reissued the collection, now accompanied by the music in table format, under the same title. It is not a particularly good example of Jacobean printing and publishing - far inferior in quality, for example, to most contemporary madrigal- and song-books - but is notable for its inclusion of works accompanied by "broken" or mixed consort, for its dedication to the 14-year-old Prince Charles Stuart, later Charles I of England, and for its inclusion of what may be the last works of William Byrd.

Contents of The teares or lamentacions of a sorrowfull soule

Consort Songs

Songs of 4 Parts

Songs of 5 Parts