This sweet and merry month of May (William Byrd)

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  • CPDL #19028:     
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2009-03-11).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 139 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: for AATTTB
  • CPDL #13101:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2006-11-17).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: NoteWorthy Composer file may be viewed and printed with NoteWorthy Composer Viewer.
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: Numerous missing accidentals See the discussion page for full description.
  • CPDL #03347:         
Editor: Steve Sanders (submitted 2002-03-11).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 113 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: This Sweet and Merry Month of May
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicings: SSATBB, SSATTB and AATTTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1590 in The first sett, of Italian madrigalls Englished, no. 28.

Description: N.B. all three editions above are at the same pitch (F major) and differ only in the voices that editors have chosen to assign to each part.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at This sweet and merry month of May.