O happy dames (John Sheppard)

From ChoralWiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Music files

L E G E N D Disclaimer How to download
Icon_pdf.gif Pdf
Icon_snd.gif Midi
MusicXML.png MusicXML
File details.gif File details
Question.gif Help
  • (Posted 2019-02-21)  CPDL #53356:       
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2019-02-21).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 335 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: Edited from various Tudor manuscript sources. Original pitch and note values retained. A critical commentary is appended to the score.

General Information

Title: O happy dames
Composer: John Sheppard

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: STTB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

    Manuscript c.1560-1590 in British Library Add. MS 30480-30484 (Hamond Partbooks) (with contrafactum text), no. 34

Description: Sheppard's "O happy dames" is a four-part setting of a poem by Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1516/7-1547)

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English text

O happy dames that may embrace
the fruit of your delight,
Help to bewail the woeful case
and eke the heavy plight
Of me that wonted to rejoice
the fortune of my pleasant choice:
good ladies help to fill my mourning voice.