New Carols and Songs for Chaucer's Pilgrims

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Using authentic medieval English carol lyrics, this is a collection of twenty new musical compositions by David Yardley, thirteen of which are recorded on 'New Carols and Songs for Chaucer's Pilgrims'. Order the CD here. 

 

Reviews and features about the CD: 

The Weekend Australian - 4.5 stars

ABC 7.30 Report

The Canberra Times

Canberra Jazz blog

  

The music reflects the spirit of the medieval period in which the lyrics were originally written. In the Middle Ages, carols covered broader territory than they do today, and in this collection there are pieces covering every side of medieval life, from love, death, politics and drinking to the major religious festivals of Christmas and Easter.

  

Around 600 medieval carol texts have survived, but only about 120 of these have survived with their original music. With these new compositions, I breathe new life into these beautiful, forgotten lyrics of the past, inspiring the modern listener by evoking the spirit of that time.

  

Some of the scores are available on this page for download - see below. Performers should freely edit, introducing instrumental and percussion parts, adding dynamic markings and utilising solo and chorus variations as they see fit. I am very happy to discuss the performance of these pieces if you would like to contact me. Versions of the carols translated into modern English by Peter Wilkin will also be made available through this site.

  

CD Recording now available for purchase through this site.

To hear samples of the works, look around the website, or look up the CD on iTunes.

  

  

Downloads of sheet music

 Christmas carols

Carols of love, death, politics, spring, adventure and ale

Other carols on religious themes

Virgo, rosa virginum

(Christmas Carol)

Medieval English original text

Modern English version

  

Bryng us home good ale

(Carol of ale)

Medieval English original text  

Modern English version

I pra you sers, al in fere

(Carol of St Thomas)  

Medieval English original text

Modern English version

Alleluia, Deo Patri sit gloria  

(Christmas Carol)

Medieval English original text

Modern English version

  

Wep no more for me swet hart

(Carol of love)  

Medieval English original text

Modern English version

A domusday we schal ysee

(Carol of Doomsday)  

Medieval English original text

Modern English version

Man be glad in halle and bour

(Christmas Carol)

Medieval English original text

Modern English version

Hos is to hoth at hom

(Carol of adventure)  

Medieval English original text

Modern English version

Nowel, el, el

(Carol of Easter)  

Medieval English original text

Modern English version

Letabundus exultet    

(Christmas Carol)  

Medieval English original text

Modern English version

Nou sprinkes the sprai

(Carol of spring)  

Medieval English original text

Modern English version

Worchyp we

(Carol of communion)  

Medieval English original text

Modern English version

Blyssid be that lady bryght    

(Christmas Carol)  

Medieval English original text

Modern English version

So well ys me begone

(Carol of love)  

Medieval English original text

Modern English version

Lullay, lullay, litel child

(Lullaby carol)

Medieval English original text

Modern English version

A child is boren    

(Christmas Carol)  

Medieval English original text

Modern English version

Willikin's return

(Carol of politics and war)  

Medieval English original text

Modern English version

I may seyn to most and lest

(Easter Carol)  

Medieval English original text

Modern English version

Welcum Yole in glod aray

(Christmas Carol)  

Medieval English original text

Modern English version

  

Sodenly afraide

(Easter Carol)

Medieval English original text

Modern English version

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