My Love She Mourneth
William Cornysh (~1465-1523)
My love she mourneth for me, for me,
My love she mourneth for me;
Alas, poor heart, sen we depart,
Mourn ye no more for me, for me.
by Mistress Fabienne l'Accusee:
This is a gorgeous example of English Renaissance polyphony at its finest. William Cornysh (~1465-1523) was well known for his secular music. It is based on a part song from 1426, and is a little unusual in that the melody is actually in the middle voice, flanked on either side by its harmony. It uses D# - (for D whistles) just half-hole the full D to get D#.