How merrily we live (Michael East)

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  • (Posted 2017-01-17)  CPDL #42695:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif Icon_snd_globe.gif Icon_mp3_globe.gif Icon_ly_ext.png Network.png Transposed edition and Part Midis and Mp3s Available
Editor: Monique Rio (submitted 2017-01-17).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 258 kB   Copyright: CC BY 4.0
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  • (Posted 2011-08-15)  CPDL #24156:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-08-15).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 42 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Based on #11129. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
  • (Posted 2011-07-10)  CPDL #23868:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2011-07-10).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 60 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: TTB and SSA PDFs available. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.
  • (Posted 2011-07-10)  CPDL #23867:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2011-07-10).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 71 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: 'Warley Camp' version for TTB. In the last quarter of the eighteenth century it was fashionable to revive the works of the early Jacobean madrigalists for use in afterpieces and other entertainments. Ravenscroft and Morley were frequent targets, but in this instance John Arnold, "Philo-Harmoniae, Organist of Great-Warley, Essex", has quarried Michael East's three part glee. The words have been given a local topicality, the harmonies have been simplified and the final bars have been reworked to produce a fashionable Da Capo format. It is possible that this version was fashioned for use during the king and queen's two-day military review at Warley Camp, 1778, commemorated in paintings by de Loutherbourg. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.
  • (Posted 2006-02-28)  CPDL #11129:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2006-02-28).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 26 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: NoteWorthy Composer file may be viewed and printed with NoteWorthy Composer Viewer.
  • (Posted 2003-11-06)  CPDL #05943:         
Editor: Bettina Blokland (submitted 2003-11-06).   Score information: A4, 2 pages   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2001-04-22)  CPDL #02538:         
Editor: Stuart McIntosh (submitted 2001-04-22).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 40 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: How merrily we live
Composer: Michael East

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSA, or TTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: #4 of 'Second Set of Madrigals', publ. 1606.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

How merrily we live that shepherds be,
roundelays still we sing with merry glee,
On the pleasant downs where as our flocks we see,
we feel no cares, we fear not fortune’s frowns,
we have no envy which sweet mirth confounds.

French.png French text

Que nous vivons heureux d'être bergers
Chantant des rondeaux sur un air joyeux.
O plaisantes collines où nous veillons nos troupeaux,
Aucun souci, aucune crainte de revers de fortune,
Aucune envie ne vient troubler notre douce joie.