Two Elizabethan airs ("Aire for 3 viols"/"A Toye")

  1. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    These are two Elizabethan renaissance tunes, played in three parts on the "Baroq-ulele" and tenor guitar, for a lute-like tone and feel.

    Aire for Three Viols:
    Written by Thomas Morley (1557-1602).
    Score edited by Albert Folop for two treble and one tenor instrument.
    From the Werner Icking Music Archive:

    Aire for 3 Viols

    A Toye:
    Keyboard piece by an unknown composer from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (CCLXIII).
    Arranged for four voices by Steven Hendricks. This is not the same tune as "A Toye" from the Pickering Lute Book -- I think this was a generic name for short playful pieces.

    A Toye

    I have played the two tunes together in one recording, as the brief and pretty "A Toye" (which sounds to me like a lute piece despite being from a keyboard collection) makes a nice coda for the more serene Aire which while it was written for viols has to me the feel of an organ piece. Anybody who wants to listen to the Toye separately, it starts at 2:44 minutes.

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