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Now is the month of maying

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One of the most loved of Renaissance madrigals, Now is the month of maying by Thomas Morley (1557/8-1602) was published in 1595 as the third work of Balletts to Five Voyces, Book 1. A ballett is a dance-like part-song akin to a madrigal, often with fa-la-la chorus. This irresistibly joyful piece, modelled on Orazio Vecchi’s So be mi ch’a bon tempo (pub 1590), is an essential part of Oxford’s May Morning celebrations, sung by Magdalen College Choir from the roof of the Great Tower.

from notes by Phillip Borg-Wheeler © 2016

Recordings

Flora gave me fairest flowers
CSCD511Download only
Greensleeves
Studio Master: SIGCD447Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

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Track 10 on CSCD511 [1'58] Download only
Track 10 on SIGCD447 [2'07] Download only

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