Variant Versions in Egerton Manuscript 2013

by Batterson, Teresa E.

Abstract (Summary)
The English lute song (or ayre) was a short-lived song genre, usually consisting of a solo vocal line accompanied by a lute or continuo (harpsichord and a bass instrument such as a bass viol). The most well-known composers of lute songs were John Dowland and Thomas Campion, although there were many lesser-known composers who wrote in the genre as well. Most collections of these pieces were written between 1596 and 1632. While some of the works have been transcribed, edited and published, many manuscripts are still not available in modern editions. One such manuscript is Egerton MS 2013, published in facsimile form with an added table of contents and commentary by Elise Bickford Jorgens in her series, English Song 1600-1675, in the volume entitled British Library Manuscripts, Part II (1986). The manuscript includes seventy-two lute and continuo songs by the composers Nicholas Lanier (1588-1666), William (1602-1645) and Henry Lawes (1596-1662), Richard Dering (1580-1630), John Hilton (1599-1657), Simon Ives (1600-1662), and Dr. John Wilson (1595-1674), as well as some anonymous pieces. There is also one piece, written in a different hand, attributed to John Lenton (1657-1719). (Jorgens dates this piece circa 1670.) An interesting feature of this collection, noted by Jorgens, is the inclusion of multiple copies of several of the works within the manuscript. In this thesis, I will give a brief overview of the English lute song and its social context; examine the concept of variant versions as they relate to compositional process, and then examine three case studies of variant versions from the Egerton MS: “Tell me not I my time misspent” by Dr. John Wilson, “Hark, how my Celia,” by Henry Lawes, and “Cloris, yourself you so excell,” an anonymous work. Finally, I will provide performing editions of the works based on a critical examination and comparison of the variant versions.
Bibliographical Information:


School:Bowling Green State University

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:manuscript study english lute songs seventeenth century henry lawes john wilson lady alice egerton


Date of Publication:01/01/2008

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