Sheet Music: It Was a Lover and His Lass

TitleIt Was a Lover and His Lass
ComposerThomas Morley (1557–1602)
InstrumentationFlute and bass instrument
KeyG major
Time signature2/2
Tempo63 BPM
Performance time1:05
Difficulty leveleasy
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (52 kB) (preview)
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Date added2021-11-22
Last updated2021-11-22
Download popularity index☆☆☆☆☆ 0.2 (not so popular)
Love songs, Madrigals, Renaissance


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Monday 22 November 2021

Tune of the Day: It Was a Lover and His Lass

English madrigal, transcribed for flute and bass instrument

English organist Thomas Morley composed this madrigal around the year 1600, using a love poem from William Shakespeare's comedy As You Like It (Act V, Scene III):

It was a lover and his lass,
With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino
That o'er the green cornfields did pass.
In spring time, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding a ding;
Sweet lovers love the spring.

Thanks to Phil for suggesting this tune!