This sweet and merry month of May (a 4) (William Byrd)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-03-13). Score information: A4, 6 pages, 72 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: SATB version.
- Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-10-15). Score information: A4, 5 pages, 142 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: ATTB version.
Title: This sweet and merry month of May
Composer: William Byrd
First published: 1590 in The first sett, of Italian Madrigalls Englished, no. 8
2nd published: 1611 in Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets, no. 9
Description: N.B. despite the title of Watson's publication, Byrd's madrigal is not based on an Italian original. The title continues There are also heere inserted two excellent Madrigalls of Master William Byrds, composed after the Italian vaine… Fellowes's monumentally careless scholarship is shown at its worst with regard to this publication, where he explains the "two excellent Madrigalls" as being the two separately-numbered sections of the 6-part setting of This sweet and merry month, having failed to notice that the 4-part version is also included in the book. Needless to say, neither of these is in two sections, and each bears only one number. (E.H. Fellowes, William Byrd (OUP, 2nd ed. 1948), p.154)
Original text and translations
Original text and translations may be found at This sweet and merry month of May.