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Posted By: Mick Pearce (MCP)
18-Jan-19 - 09:59 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Fowles in the Frith (Middle English)
Subject: RE: Origin: Fowles in the Frith (Middle English)
I made a few errors in voice 1 (3 wrong notes in the upper voice) above and give the correct transcription here.

X: 1
T:Fuweles In The Frith
Q:1/8=176 " freely"
N:' before word indicates stress
B:E J Dobson & F Ll Harrison: "Medieval English Songs", Faber and Faber, 1979
B:Facimile of original in H E Wooldridge: "Early English Harmony", i, London 1897, pl 7
B:Image of original also in Luria and Hoffman "MIddle English Lyrics", 1974, p8
S:Original from Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Douce 139, f.5
V:1 clef=treble name="Alto" sname="Alt"
V:2 clef=treble name="Baritone" sname="Bar"
"^' marks stress"(FE)D (F3 G) (AB) (AGA) G| (FGAG) G(GA) (B2 F) (GA G3) F|
w: 'Fu_we-les_ 'in_ the__ 'frith,| the___ 'fi-shes_ 'in_ the__ 'flood|
F FF G(AGF) G|D (ED) (FGA) (GFG) (FE) F|
B BB c(ABA) G|B (cd) F3 (GAG) G2 F|
w:and 'I mon 'wa- xe__ 'wood.|Much 'sorw_ I 'wal__ ke 'with|
G2 G(FGA) (GFG) (FE) F |]
(GA) B F3 (GAG) (FG) F |]
w:for_ 'best of 'bon__ and_ 'blood |]

A note on this from Harrison. Upper voice: The b flat signature is supplied; it affects one note only and may be disregarded at will (see 2nd transcription below).

They see the form of the song derived from plainchant with likelihood that the lower voice is the melody and the upper is descant.

Here is an alternative transcription from D W Robertson The Literature of Medieval England, 1970. As often the case with early music alternative readings are possible.

X: 2
T:Fowls In The Frith
B:D W Robertson "The Literature of Medieval England", 1970, p348
B:Transcription from Stainer "Early Bodleian Music", Novello, London, 1901
S:Original from Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Douce 139, f.5
V:1 clef=treble
V:2 clef=bass
(F G2 A3)| (A B A G3)| (F G2) (F E2| F3) G2 z|(A G F G3)| G3 G3|
w: Fow__ |eles___ |in_ the_|_ frith,| the___ fi-ses|
(F, E,2) D,3| (F,3 G,3)| (A, B,2) (A, G,2| A,3) G,2 z|(F, G, A, G,3)|G, G,2 B,3|
(F G A) (G F2| G3) (F E2)|F2 z F3| F3 F3 |G3 (A G2 |F3) G2 z|D3 (E D2)|
w: in__ the____ flod: and I mon wax-e__ wod, mulch sorw_
F,3 (G, A,2|G,3) G,3|F,2 z B,3| B,3 B,3| C3 (A, B,2| A,3) G,2 z|B,3 (C D2)|
(F G A) (G F2| G3)(F E2)| F3 G3| G3 (F G2| A3) (G F2|G3) (F E2)|F3-F2 z|]
w: I__ walk____ e with for beste_ of bon__ and_ blood_ |]
F,3 (G, A,2| G,3) G,3| A,3 G,3| (G, A,2) B,3| F,3 (G, A,2| G,3) (F, G,2)| F,3 z3 |]

Helen - you'll be happy with Robertson's comment The melody is not popular in character, and the usual view that the text is secular is dubious.

The ms is dated to ca 1270.

Steve - Haven't got any tuney ideas at the moment!