It Was A Lover And His Lass

  1. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Thomas Morley (1557-1602): "It Was A Lover And His Lass"
    Arranged for two instruments by Steven Hendricks

    This is one of only two surviving songs written for Shakespeare's plays during his lifetime. It was written by Morley for "As You Like It", to Shakespeare's lyrics -- this is the song where the "Hey-nonny-no" cliche comes from.

    I have previousy recorded it in a trio setting. This is a simpler duo arrangement, from:

    I am playing the first mandolin part on my Vinaccia bowlback, with the second part overdubbed afterwards.

    1898 Giuseppe Vinaccia mandolin
    Mid-Missouri M-0W mandolin

  2. Gelsenbury
    I'm watching all the videos you posted today. And that's how it becomes clear how different your instruments sound from one another. The bowlback is ideal for this melody.
  3. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Great performance Martin, well done. Thanks for the link to the pdf.
  4. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Thanks, Simon and Dennis. For comparison, check out the vocal recording at the Wikipedia page linked by Simon.

    Dennis: Yes, my instruments do sound very distinctly different and I use them in different context. I often use my Mid-Missouri for early music, and my first take of this one had the Mid-Mo on lead. However, I felt it needed something light, bright and a bit mischievous, which suits the bowlback to a T. The Mid-Mo on the second part adds a bit of smoothness.

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