Sorowfull Songes

for SATB a cappella

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Sorowfull Songes is a setting of five poems by Sir Thomas Wyatt, that reflect on the fragility of human happiness, sometimes soulfully as in the first song with its extended tenor solo, sometimes playfully ironic, as in second and fourth songs, and sometimes secretively, as in the third song's dark chorale. The fifth song - the longest of the set - strives to find enough optimism to 'sing some pleasant song'.

Sorowfull Songes was commissioned by BBC Radio Three for the 2012 Proms season and premiered by Tenebrae, conducted by Nigel Short.


  • The lover hopeth of better chance.
  • To his love whom he had kissed against her will.
  • Of sodaine trusting.
  • Ariddle of a gift geven by a Ladie.
  • The lovers sorowfull state maketh him write sorowfull songes, but (Souche) his love may changethe same.

Additional Information

Item Number: EP72301
Format: Sheet Music
ISMN: 979-0-57700-241-5
Instrumentation: SATB a cappella


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