Browning Madame (Thomas Ravenscroft)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-03-22).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 103 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. This edition comprises a modern realisation, and a statement of the piece in its original format.
  • (Posted 1999-03-15)  CPDL #00359:     
Editor: Gordon J. Callon (submitted 1999-03-15).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 40 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Browning Madame
Composer: Thomas Ravenscroft

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicings: SSS or TTT or 3 equal voices
Genre: SecularCanon

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1609 in Deuteromelia, no. 9
Description: The ground, stated as bars 1-8, is Browning, a popular song of the 1590s which was popular with composers as the basis for instrumental variations; notably by Elway Bevin (3 parts) and William Byrd (5 parts). For another catch with the same idea see Here is an old ground (John Hilton the younger).

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Original text and translations

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Browning Madame, so merrily we sing.
The fairest flow'r in the garden green
Is in my love's breast full comely seen;
And with all the others compare she can,
Therefore now let us sing Browning Madame.