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Broadside Ballads

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Media: Sheet Music
Arrangement: Melody Line, Lyrics & Chords (MLC)
Catalogue #: FMM0571522238
ISBN: 9780571522231


Comic, sentimental, political or just plain lewd, the Broadside Ballads that flooded England between the time of Byrd and Purcell constitute one of the richest veins in our musical culture. These wer the pop songs of their day, distributed up and down the land, and they offer us a glimpse into the lives, attitudes and sexual mores of ordinary people. Their subjects range from The Great Fire and The Gunpowder Plot to fumbling husbands, royal gossip and the latest 'outrageous' fashions!

The ballads in this volume have once more been re-attached to their original melodies - including simple chord suggestions based upon historical modes. Singers will find a treasure trove of some of the most delightful tunes England has ever produced. Explanatory notes place each ballad in its historical context, exploring sources and the meanings of obscure words. A host of enchanting woodcuts, taken from original broadsheets, illustrates throughout. Also included is a performance-ready edition of The Cheaters Cheated, a raucous musical entertainment - or Jigge - for a cast of four singers/actors which shares many characteristics of the broadside ballad.

Forward by Andrew Motion

Click on a song below to find all titles, including compilations, that contain it.
A Ballad Of The Stange And Wonderful Storm Of Hail
A Ballad Upon Tobacco
A Caveat For Cutpurses
A Delightful Ditty Of Mother Watkin's Ale
A Merry Jest Of John Thompson And Jakaman His Wife
An Old Song On The Spanish Armada
Courage Crowned With Conquest
Cupids Courtisie / The Young Gallant Foil'd At His Own Weapon
Custard Eaters, A Warning To All
Diddle Diddle / The Kind Country Lovers
Drive The Cold Winter Away
England's Great Prognosticator
Good Advice To Batchelors
Gunpowder Plot
Harvest Home
Hey, Then Up We Go
Jigg - The Cheaters Cheated
Jockey's Lamentation / Over The Hills And Far Away
London Mourning In Ashes
Lumps Of Pudding
Modesty Amazed / The Dorsetshire Damosel Importunate With Her Mother
My Dog And I
Neptune's Raging Fury / The Gallant Seaman's Sufferings
Old England Grown New
Oyster Nan
Seldom Cleanly
Shameless Joan / The Old Woman Of Finsbury
The Baffled Knight
The Beehive
The Bonnie Grey-Eyed Morn / The Jockey Roused With Love
The Country Lass
The Countryman's Joy
The Courteous Carman And The Amorous Maid
The Courtiers Health / The Merry Boys Of The Times
The Crafty Maid / The Batchellour Outwitted
The Crost Couple / A Good Misfortune
The Doleful Dance And Song Of Death
The Downfall Of Dancing / The Overthrow Of Three Fidlers
The Dumpling Woman's Delight
The Fair Maid Of Islington / The London Vintner Over-Reach'd
The Famous Ratcatcher With His Travels
The Female Captain / The Counterfit Bridegroom
The Gelding Of The Devil
The Great Boobee
The Husband That Met His Match
The Irish Jigg / The Night Ramble
The Jolly Miller / The Old Wife
The Jolly Tradesmen
The Joviall Broome Man
The Joviall Lass / Doll And Roger
The Lancashire Cuckold
The Lunatick Lover
The Maid's Complaint For Want Of A Dil Doul
The North Country Lovers
The Northern Lasses Lamentation / The Unhappy Maid's Misfortune
The Old Woman's Legacy To Her Cat
The Saint Turn'd Sinner
The Seven Merry Wives Of London
The Sighted Maid / The Pinig Lover
The Three Ravens
The Trader's Medley / The Cries Of London
The Trooper Watering His Nag
The Vindication Of Top-Knots And Commodes
The Wiltshire Wedding
The Winchester Wedding
True Love Requited / The Bayliff's Daughter Of Islington
When Cannons Are Roaring
Would Ye Have A Young Virgin
You Lasses And Lads

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Selsey, West Sussex. GB
Wonderfully rude!
unperformable, even for me.
Confirmed purchase: 15 June 2016
Published on: 26 September 2016

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Sales Rank: Not specified
Published on: 08/11/2005
Format: Vocal Album
Length: 168 pages
Language: English
Publisher: Faber Music
Editor: Lucie Skeaping

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