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Fair Phyllis

Music by John Farmer

Fair Phyllis (also Fair Phyllis I saw, Fair Phyllis I saw sitting all alone) is an English madrigal by John Farmer. The music is polyphonic and was published in 1599. The madrigal contains four voices and uses occasional imitation. It also alternates between triple and duple beat subdivisions of the beat in different parts of the work.

Farmer uses clever word painting. For example, in the opening line "Fair Phyllis I saw sitting all alone", Farmer had only the soprano sing since she was all alone. In the next line "Feeding her flock near to the mountain side", all the voices sang since it was her flock. Additionally, the second phrase, which begins with "Up and down he wandered" and ends with "then they fell a-kissing" repeats, causing the elision "kissing up and down."

    Release Date: 1599


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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John Leavitt : The Madrigal Singer : SATB : 01 Songbook : 888680726584 : 1540019772 : 00260138

John Leavitt : The Madrigal Singer

John Leavitt has established a reputation for carefully selecting important and historic repertoire, editing it in ways to make singers successful, all while staying true to the stylistic period. This new collection includes Fair Phyllis I Saw (John Farmer), Weep, O Mine Eyes (John Bennet), All Lust und Freud, Tanzen und Springen (Hans Leo Hassler), Il est bel et bon (Pierre Passereau), Tant que vivray (Claudin de Sermisy), Fa una canzona (Orazio Vecchi) and Bonzorno madonna (Antonio Scandello). A value-priced collection of important and standard works. Purchase the Performance Kit and get access to audio tracks online through My Library.

Songlist: Weep, O Mine Eyes, Bonzorno Madonna (Good Day Dear), Il Est Bel Et Bon, All Lust Und Freud (All Desire And Joy), Tanzen Und Springen, Fair Phyllis, Fa Una Canzona, Tant Que Vivray

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Voicing: SATB | 4592b | Songbook | $4.95 | A Cappella


Russell Robinson : English Madrigals : 3 Parts : Sheet Music : Russell L. Robinson

Russell Robinson : English Madrigals

A sumptuous edition of an the cappella standard "April Is In My Mistress' Face" from the madrigal repertoire by Thomas Morley. Available for 3-part mixed voices, Russell Robinson's new adaptation features flowing contrapuntal lines, appropriate vocal ranges, and tasteful editor's marks for a truly authentic performance. Enjoyable to sing, valuable to teach, and splendid to hear. "Fair Phyllis" is another well-edited arrangement by Russell Robinson from the madrigal repertoire. Sung a cappella, or with the piano, the men's part spans only six notes in an easy range for changing voices. Charming secular text, light polyphonic texture, changing meters, and contrasting dynamics. Fair Phyllis is perfect as a first madrigal or as a Renaissance feature on any program. "Sing We And Chant It" - Introduce your 3-part choir to madrigal singing with this wonderful new edition of the Thomas Morley classic designed especially for young singers by Russell Robinson. Reduced to three voice parts, this edition still sounds full and captures all the spirit and joy of madrigal singing. Suitable for large choirs as well as small groups. Add this work to your choral library and use it year after year. An excellent teaching piece...but perform it at concert and festival time, too.

Songlist: Now Is The Month Of Maying, How Merrily We live, Fair Phyllis, Sing We And Chant It, April Is In My Mistress' Face, Fair Phyllis, Now Is The Month Of Maying, Sing We And Chant It, How Merrily We live

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Voicing: 3 Parts | 7024b | Sheet Music | $8.95 | A Cappella


Various Composers : Twelve Madrigals for SSA(A) : SSA : 01 Songbook : 884088442613 : 0853608466 : 14034400

Various Composers : Twelve Madrigals for SSA(A)

A collection of classic madrigals from the masters of the genre.

Songlist: In Going to My Lonely Bed, The Cricket, Fair Phyllis, Those Dainty Daffadillies, Ah, Look Upon These Eyes, Tell me, What Master Hand, He's a Pretty Cuckoo, Lo! Country Sports, Thus Sings My Dearest Jewel, Flora Gave Me Fairest Flowers, Sweet Honey-Sucking Bees, Rounds Based on the Cries of London

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Voicing: SSA | 5032b | Songbook | $15.95 | A Cappella


Oxford Camerata : English Madrigals And Songs : 00  1 CD : Jeremy Summerly : 8.553088

Oxford Camerata : English Madrigals And Songs

The Oxford Camerata was formed to meet the growing demand for choral groups specializing in Renaissance music. Now comprised of 12 mixed voices Camerata has since expanded its repertoire to include music from the medieval period to the present day. Jeremy Summerly founded the Oxford Camerata after studying music at New College, Oxford, graduating with 1st Class Honors in 1982. "English Madrigals" is divided into 4 sections, "Early Tudor Songs," ("Pastime with good company," attributed to Henry VIII, "Blow thy horn, hunter," by Wm. Cornish, and "Hey trolly lolly lo"); "Madrigals from the Golden Age" ("Draw on, sweet night" and "Weep, Weep Mine Eyes,'" by John Wilbye, Richard Carlton's "Sound Saddest Notes" and Robt. Ramsey's "Sleep, Fleshly Birth"); and "Romantic Songs and Partsongs," (Robt. Pearsall's "Lay a garland," Somerset's "The trees they do grow high," and Charles Stanford's "The Blue Bird"). Nice liner notes booklet with all the lyrics and group info. Camerata's music soars in perfect, effortless harmony!

Songlist: Pastime With Good Company, Blow thy horn, hunter, Ah Robin, gentle Robin, Hey Trolly Lolly Lo, Draw on, Sweet Night, Thule, the Period of Cosmography, Weep. Weep Mine Eyes, As Vesta Was, Sound Saddest Notes, Fair Phyllis, Sleep. Fleshly Birth, Mother, I will have a Husband, Lay a Garland, Rigg Fair, The Trees They do Grow High, The Blue Bird

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7343c | 1 CD | $11.98 | Primarily a cappella


Individual Folios

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Fair Phyllis : SAB : Russell Robinson :  1 CD : 00-21647 : 038081210414

Russell Robinson : Fair Phyllis

Another well-edited arrangement by Russell Robinson from the madrigal repertoire. Sung a cappella, or with the piano, the men's part spans only six notes in an easy range for changing voices. Charming secular text, light polyphonic texture, changing meters, and contrasting dynamics. Fair Phyllis is perfect as a first madrigal or as a Renaissance feature on any program.

Arranger: Russell Robinson

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.65 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-21647


Fair Phyllis : TTB : Russell Robinson : Sheet Music : 00-37941 : 038081424132

Russell Robinson : Fair Phyllis

This well-edited arrangement includes a charming secular text, light polyphonic texture, changing meters, and contrasting dynamics. Perfect for men's or 3-part mixed choirs as a first madrigal or Renaissance feature.

Arranger: Russell Robinson

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Voicing: TTB | Sheet Music | $1.80 | A Cappella |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 00-37941

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