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Thomas Weelkes' "Since Robin Hood"- Madrigal

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Transcript of Thomas Weelkes' "Since Robin Hood"- Madrigal

Thomas Weelkes' "Since Robin Hood"- Madrigal
Since Robin Hood
Type of song: Madrigal (
a song written for several voices, typically arranged in elaborate counterpoint and without instrumental accompaniment
)
Madrigal was developed in Italty in the late 13th and early 14th centuries.

Modern Day Madrigal
Who was Thomas Weelkes?
Biography
Born in southern England and died on November 30th, 1923 in London
Little is known of early life and birth date
Received Bachelor's degree in music at the University of Oxford in 1602
Organist of Chichester Cathedral until death
Was also known as "Gentleman of the Chapel Royal"
Music
Almost 100 of his madrigals are in storage
His madrigal styles are said to combine Luca Marenzio's elegance, Thomas Morley's sense on tonality, and William Byrd's verbal sensitivity
Performed by the multitrack one-man choir dwsChorale
Since Robin Hood
This song was about an actual event that took place in 1599 when William Kemp danced from London to Norwich, a distance of 140 miles over the course of nine days.
The dance that Kemp performed over the course of nine days was the
Morris Dance, a traditional english dance of obscure origins.
It was a group dance which included stock characters with the hobby horse as the central image.
What about Texture?
The three voices move together in more or less the same rhythm, creating a declamatory style of singing.
Poetic Rhythm within Robin Hood
The song, Since Robin Hood shifts from one meter to another.
-The pattern that emerges at the beginning is
iambic (short-LONG, short-LONG, etc..) which can be represented by the symbols:
=short, =LONG.
In the second section of the poem, the meters changes again, this time it is the reverse pattern of iambic. Trochaic: (LONG-short,LONG-short, etc)
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