minstrel: Does anyone have any Renaissance drinking songs?

Martin Hungerford jongleur at netcon.net.au
Mon Sep 15 16:32:33 PDT 1997

>Subject:     minstrel: Does anyone have any Renaissance drinking songs?
>Sent:        15/9/97 11:56 pm
>Received:    16/9/97 9:24 am
>From:        Joshua Kronengold, mneme at dorsai.org
>To:          minstrel at pbm.com
>             liaurigemma at vassar.edu
>I've a friend (she's the one CC'd in the header line) who is looking
>for Renaissance drinking songs (preferably sheet music); does anyone
>have leads to or ideas on how to find what she's looking for (hell,
>I'm curious myself -- I don't do NEARLY enough real period stuff; just
>some Elizabethan lute songs).  Here's her description on what she's
>looking for.
>	would you happen to have any sheet music for Renaissance
>drinking songs -- preferably in English, and even more preferably in
>four parts (SATB, even). my madrigal group is currently looking for
>new music, and I've been wanting to try some drinking songs for quite
>a while now, mainly because they're funny and should be fairly simple
>to learn. (we don't have much of an audience at school, but if we
>started singing about ale, the collegiate interest might be piqued.)
>    not that this necessarily needs to be confined to drinking songs.
>(mildly) raunchy songs will be gladly accepted; anything funny would
>be great. no filk though -- we stick to period stuff since we call
>ourselves the Renaissance Singers. (also, how am I going to keep the
>people who like modern choral music -- aaaaack!! yuck! -- at bay, if I
>suddenly bring in 20th century stuff myself?).
I was in a group called the "loud bande". We used to do a few tudor bits 
- would that do? Mostly they were rounds, such as Cloe. There was one 
specifically drinking one. The lyics were:

    Once in our lives let us drink to our wives, 
    though their number being but small.
    Heaven take the best and the Devil take the rest,
    And so we shall get rid of them all.
    To this hearty toast let each man make his boast
    And drink! drink! till he fall.

I might still have the sheet music - but I'm not sure how I'd get it too 

Martin o' Lyos

Martin Hungerford, aka Martin Jongleur,
aka Martin Ashford, 
aka Martin o' Lyos (called the Juggler) OL.  

email:jongleur at netcon.net.au 

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