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Thomas Morley

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Life

Born: c. 1557

Died: 1602

Biography

The entry in Cathedral Music, Volume 1 (William Boyce) reads:

Thomas Morley was admitted Batchelor in Music at Oxford, 1588, and became Gentleman of the Royal Chapels to Queen Elizabeth, in 1592. He publish'd a learned Treatise in 1597, entitled A Plain and Easy Introduction to Practical Musicke, which he dedicated to William Bird, who had been his Master. He died in 1602.

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List of choral works

Sacred music

Burial service

Other sacred music

Secular music

Canzonets or Little Short Songs to foure Voyces selected from Italian composers

E.H. Fellowes included these (un-numbered) in his edition of Madrigals to Four voices.

Canzonets to Three Voices - 1593

  1. See, mine own sweet jewel     (4 editions available)
  2. Joy, joy doth so arise     (3 editions available)
  3. Cruel, you pull away too soon     (3 editions available)
  4. Lady, those eyes     (4 editions available)
  5. Hold out my heart     (3 editions available)
  6. Good morrow, fair ladies of the May     (2 editions available)
  7. Whither away so fast     (3 editions available)
  8. Blow, Shepherds, blow     (2 editions available)
  9. Deep lamenting     (2 editions available)
  10. Farewell disdainful     (3 editions available)
  11. O fly not, O take some pity     (3 editions available)
  12. Thirsis, let pity move thee     (3 editions available)
  13. Now must I die recureless     (3 editions available)
14. Lady, if I through grief     (3 editions available)
15. Cease mine eyes     (3 editions available)
16. Do you not know?     (3 editions available)
17. Where art thou wanton?     (3 editions available)
18. What ails my darling     (3 editions available)
19. Say dear, will you not have me?     (3 editions available)
20. Arise, get up my dear     (2 editions available)

The following pieces were included in a 2nd edition, published in 1606.

21. Love learns by laughing     (4 editions available)
22. This Love is but a wanton fit     (2 editions available)
23. Though Philomela lost her love     (5 editions available)
24. Spring-time mantleth every bough     (2 editions available)

Madrigals to Four Voices - 1594

  1. April is in my mistress' face     (12 editions available)
  2. Clorinda false     (2 editions available)
  3. Why sit I here, alas, complaining     (2 editions available)
  4. Since my tears and lamenting     (2 editions available)
  5. Help I fall     (2 editions available)
  6. Lady, why grieve you still me     (2 editions available)
  7. In dew of roses     (5 editions available)
  8. In ev'ry place     (3 editions available)
  9. Now is the gentle season     (4 editions available)
  10. The fields abroad   (part 2 of number 9)   (3 editions available)
  11. Come, lovers, follow me     (2 editions available)
12. O no, thou dost but flout me     (2 editions available)
13. I will no more come to thee     (2 editions available)
14. Besides a fountain     (2 editions available)
15. Sport we my lovely treasure     (2 editions available)
16. O sweet, alas, what say you? (part 2 of number 15)    (2 editions available)
17. Hark, jolly shepherds     (3 editions available)
18. Ho! who comes here?     (2 editions available)
19. Die now, my heart     (3 editions available)
20. Say gentle nymphs that tread     (3 editions available)
21. Round around about a wood     (2 editions available)
22. On a fair morning     (2 editions available)

Canzonets to Two Voices - 1595

  1. Go ye, my Canzonets     (2 editions available)
  2. When lo, by break of morning     (4 editions available)
  3. Sweet nymph, come to thy lover     (4 editions available)
  4. I go before, my darling     (4 editions available)
  5. Miraculous love’s wounding     (3 editions available)
  6. Lo, here another love     (2 editions available)
7. Leave now, mine eyes     (2 editions available)
8. Fire and lightning from heaven     (3 editions available)
9. In nets of golden wires     (2 editions available)
10. O thou that art so cruel     (3 editions available)
11. I should for grief and anguish     (3 editions available)
12. Flora, wilt thou torment me?     (3 editions available)

First Book of Ballets - 1595

  1. Dainty fine sweet nymph     (2 editions available)
  2. Shoot false love, I care not     (2 editions available)
  3. Now is the month of maying     (11 editions available)
  4. Sing we and chant it     (6 editions available)
  5. Singing alone     (2 editions available)
  6. No, no, no, no, Nigella     (2 editions available)
  7. My bonny lass she smileth     (3 editions available)
  8. I saw my lovely Phillis     (2 editions available)
  9. What saith my dainty darling?     (2 editions available)
  10. Thus saith my Galatea     (2 editions available)
  11. About the maypole     (2 editions available)
  12. My lovely wanton jewel     (2 editions available)
13. You that wont to my pipe's sound     (3 editions available)
14. Fyer, fyer     (9 editions available)
15. Those dainty daffadillies     (2 editions available)
16. Lady, those cherries plenty     (2 editions available)
17. I love, alas, I love thee     (4 editions available)
18. Lo, she flies     (2 editions available)
19. Leave, alas, this tormenting     (4 editions available)
20. Why weeps, alas, my lady?     (2 editions available)

Included in the 2nd edition published in 1600, the following piece is to seven voices

21.  Phillis, I fain would die now     (3 editions available)

Canzonets or Litle Short Aers to Five and Six Voices - 1597

  1. Fly love that art so sprightly     (2 editions available)
  2. False love did me inveigle     (2 editions available)
  3. Adieu, adieu you kind and cruel     (2 editions available)
  4. Love’s folk in green arraying     (2 editions available)
  5. Love took his bow and arrow     (2 editions available)
  6. Lo where with flowery head     (2 editions available)
  7. O grief, e'en on the bud     (3 editions available)
  8. Sovereign of My Delight     (2 editions available)
  9. Our Bonny-boots could toot it     (2 editions available)
  10. Ay me, the fatal arrow     (2 editions available)
  11. My nymph, the dear     (2 editions available)
12. Cruel, wilt thou persever     (2 editions available)
13. Said I that Amarillis     (3 editions available)
14. Damon and Phillis     (2 editions available)
15. Lady you think you spite me     (2 editions available)
16. You black bright stars     (2 editions available)
17. I follow, lo, the footing     (2 editions available)
18. Stay heart, run not so fast     (2 editions available)
19. Good Love, then fly thou to her     (2 editions available)
20. Ladies, you see time flieth     (2 editions available)
21. Hark, alleluia     (2 editions available)

A Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicalle Musicke - 1597

Included as an example, this piece was included by E. H. Fellowes in his re-publication of Canzonets to Three Voices.

Shown as a wordless “air” in Morley’s book. Thurston Dart set these words to it from a piece by Thomas Bateson published in his First Set of Madrigals (1604).

First Book of Ayres - 1600

  1. A Painted Tale     ( Icon_pdf.gif ) Icon_snd.gif NoteWorthy Composer
  2. Thirsis and Milla     ( Icon_pdf.gif ) Icon_snd.gif NoteWorthy Composer
  3. She straight her light green silken coats     ( Icon_pdf.gif ) Icon_snd.gif NoteWorthy Composer
  4. With my love my life was nestled     ( Icon_pdf.gif ) Icon_snd.gif NoteWorthy Composer
  5. I saw my lady weeping     ( Icon_pdf.gif ) Icon_snd.gif NoteWorthy Composer
  6. It was a lover and his lass     (6 editions available)
  7. Who is it that this dark night     ( Icon_pdf.gif ) Icon_snd.gif NoteWorthy Composer
  8. Mistress mine, well may you fare     ( Icon_pdf.gif ) Icon_snd.gif NoteWorthy Composer
  9. Can I forget what Reason's force     ( Icon_pdf.gif ) Icon_snd.gif NoteWorthy Composer
10. Love winged my hopes   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif NoteWorthy Composer )
11. What if my mistress now     ( Icon_pdf.gif ) Icon_snd.gif NoteWorthy Composer
12. Come, Sorrow come     ( Icon_pdf.gif ) Icon_snd.gif NoteWorthy Composer
13. Fair in a morn     ( Icon_pdf.gif ) Icon_snd.gif NoteWorthy Composer
14. Absence, hear thou my protestation   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif NoteWorthy Composer )
15. White as lilies was her face     ( Icon_pdf.gif ) Icon_snd.gif NoteWorthy Composer
16. What lack ye, sir [lost to history]
17. Will you buy a fine dog?     ( Icon_pdf.gif ) Icon_snd.gif NoteWorthy Composer
18. Sleep, slumb'ring eyes     ( Icon_pdf.gif ) Icon_snd.gif NoteWorthy Composer

Triumphs of Oriana - 1601


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