Madrigals for Four Voices (John Bennet)

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General information

Publication date and place: 1599 by William Barley in London.
Composer: John Bennet

Description: Seventeen madrigals for four voices. Texts from various sources (explained in Ford 1980). Reprinted in 1845, edited edition in 1979.

External websites:


  • Ford, Anthony. 1980. Review of Bennet, John. Madrigals to Four Voices (1599), ed. Edmund H. Fellowes, rev. Davitt Moroney … (1979). Music and Letters 61(2):207-210.

List of Works

1. I wander up and clown
2. Weep, silly soul
3. So lovely is thy dear self
4. Let go, why do you stay me
5. Come shepherds, follow me
6. I languish to complain me
7. Sing out, ye Nymphs
8. Thyrsis, sleepest thou?
9. Ye restless thoughts
10. When as I glance
11. Cruel unkind
12. O sleep, fond fancy
13. Weep, O mine eyes
14. Since neither tunes of joy
15. O grief, where shall poor grief
16. O sweet grief, O sweet sigles
17. Rest, now Amphion

Works at CPDL

Title Year Lyricist No. Genre Subgenre Vo. Voices
Come shepherds, follow me 1599 5 Secular Madrigals 4 SATB
I languish to complain me 1599 6 Secular Madrigals 4 SATB
O sleep, fond fancy 1599 12 Secular Madrigals 4 SATB
So lovely is thy dear self 1599 3 Secular Madrigals 4 SSAT
Thyrsis, sleepest thou? 1599 8 Secular Madrigals 4 SATB
Weep, O mine eyes 1599 13 Secular Madrigals 4 SATB
Weep, silly soul 1599 2 Secular Madrigals 4 AATB
Ye restless thoughts 1599 9 Secular Madrigals 4 SATB