The Triumphs of Oriana

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Description: A book of English madrigals written in honor of Queen Elizabeth (known colloquially as "Oriana"). The volume was organized and published by Thomas Morley in 1601, and contains 25 pieces by 23 composers of the most prominent English composers of the time. Each madrigal ends with the phrase: “Then sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana: long live fair Oriana.”

Publication date and place: 1601 by Thomas Morley in London.


List of madrigals

# Title Voices Composer
unnumbered late insert Hence stars, too dim of light 5 East, MichaelMichael East
1 With Angel's face and brightness 5 Norcome, DanielDaniel Norcome
2 Lightly she whipped o'er the dales 5 Mundy, JohnJohn Mundy
3 Long live fair Oriana 5 Gibbons, EllisEllis Gibbons
4 All creatures now are merry-minded 5 Bennet, JohnJohn Bennet
5 Fair Oriana, beauty's queen 5 Hilton the elder, JohnJohn Hilton the elder
6 The Nymphs and shepherds danced 5 Marson, GeorgeGeorge Marson
7 Calm was the air and clear the sky 5 Carlton, RichardRichard Carlton
8 Thus Bonnyboots the birthday celebrated 5 Holmes, JohnJohn Holmes
9 Sing, shepherds all 5 Nicholson, RichardRichard Nicholson
10 The Fauns and satyrs tripping 5 Tomkins, ThomasThomas Tomkins
11 Come, gentle swains 5 Cavendish, MichaelMichael Cavendish
12 Withdraw your selves ye shepherds 5 Cobbold, WilliamWilliam Cobbold
13 Arise awake you silly shepherds sleeping 5 Morley, ThomasThomas Morley
14 Fair nymphs, I heard one telling 6 Farmer, JohnJohn Farmer
15 The Lady Oriana 6 Wilbye, JohnJohn Wilbye
16 Hark! Did ye ever hear so sweet a singing? 6 Hunt, ThomasThomas Hunt
17 As Vesta was from Latmos hill Descending 6 Weelkes, ThomasThomas Weelkes
18 Fair Orian, in the morn 6 Milton the Elder, JohnJohn Milton the Elder
19 Round about her charret, with all-admiring strains 6 Gibbons, EllisEllis Gibbons
20 With Angel's face and brightness 6 Kirbye, GeorgeGeorge Kirbye
21 Fair Oriana, seeming to wink at folly 6 Jones, RobertRobert Jones
22 Fair Cytherea presents her doves 6 Lisley, JohnJohn Lisley
23 Hard by a crystal fountain 6 Morley, ThomasThomas Morley
24 Come, blessed bird 6 Johnson, EdwardEdward Johnson