Late-Period English Rounds

rounds(Handout from class)
Taught by Lady Elinor Strangewayes

All Rounds taken from Thomas Ravenscroft’s1 1609 book Pammelia.

eadie

Hey no nobody at home / meat nor drink nor money have I none / fill the pot Eadie.
You see this one a lot in various permutations (the “Rose” song, the “Peace” song, etc) and with tune variations.

joy in the gates

Joy in the Gates of Jerusalem / peace be in Zion.
This one is one of my favorites, but it requires strong vocalists who can keep their pitch and timing precisely. When done right, the chords created by the various parts sound like church bells swinging back and forth.

Joan

Joan, come kiss me now / once again for my love gentle / Joan come kiss me now.
A nice gentle tune.

mice

Three blind mice, three blind mice / Dame Julian, Dame Julian / The Miller and his merry old wife, she scraped her tripe, lick thou the knife.
Not what you think! This children’s song sounds creepy as hell when done in a minor key and sung really dirge-like. One friend says this is the music she imagines right when the evil clowns come to get you.

roundelay

Sing we this roundelay, merrily my mate / ill may he thrive that doth us hate / Sing we this roundelay, merrily each one / take care who will, for I’ll take none.

Really nifty harmonies here. When I worked at Plimoth Plantation, we’d sing this as we walked through the woods to work.

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