The First Booke of Songes or Ayres (Robert Jones)

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Title: The First Booke of Songes or Ayres of foure parts with Tableture for the Lute. So made that all the parts together, or either of them severally may be song to the Lute, Orpherian or Viol de gambo.
Composer: Robert Jones

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB or Soprano solo
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: Lute, orpharion, bass-viol, or a cappella

Publication date and place: 1600 in London, 'Printed by Peter Short with the assent of Thomas Morley, and are to be sold at the signe of the the Starre on Bredstreet hill.'.
Description: A collection of 21 songs in four parts, with lute tablature.

List of works

  • A Womans Lookes
  • Fond wanton youths
  • Shee whose matchlesse beauty
  • Once did I love
  • Led by a strong desire
  • Lie downe poore heart
  • Where lingring feare
  • Hero care not though
  • When love and time
  • Sweete come away
  • Women what are they

Works at CPDL

Title Year Genre Subgenre Vo. Voices
Farewell, dear love 1600 Secular Madrigals 4 SATB
What if I seek for love 1600 Secular Madrigals 5 TTTBB


British Library, London, shelfmark K.9.a.17 [incomplete, bound with the second book]
Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., shelfmark 14732 [incomplete]


Fellowes, E.H. ed., 1925, First Booke of Songs and Ayres. 1600, London: Stainer & Bell [music, volume 4 in 'The English School of Lutenist Song Writers', second series]
Fellowes, E.H. ed., 1959, First Booke of Songs and Ayres. 1600, London: Stainer & Bell [revised edition of above, by Thurston Dart and Gerald Hendrie]
Greer, David ed., 1978, The First Booke of Songes or Ayres…, London: Scolar Press [facsimile - collated from both copies]
University Microfilms Inc., 1973, The First Booke of Songes or Ayres…, Ann Arbor, Michigan [microfilm - reel 1314 of the Early English Books series]


Pollard, A.W. and Redgrave, G.R., 1986, A short-title catalogue…, 2nd edition, London: Bibliographical Society, no. 14732
RISM A/I/4 J642

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