Violin I part from English Song: Morley, T. - It was a lover and his lass - arr. for Voice & String Quartet by Gerald Manning

Thomas Morley
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ENGLISH SONG: �It was a lover and his lass� Music: Thomas Morley (1557-1604) Text: William Shakespeare from �As You Like It�

Thomas Morley the son of a brewer from Norwich was born in 1557 or 1558, and died in 1602. He probably received his earliest musical education as a chorister at Lincoln Cathedral. Later he was a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal, and became organist of St. Paul�s in 1591. Morley composed many songs, madrigals, anthems and services, which are still extant. His two songs in this collection, �It was a lover and his lass� and the madrigal, �Now is the month of maying,� which is a form of composition for several voices and is known as the Fa-La or Ballet were very popular in Morley�s day, and are quintessentially English in character.

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