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Although we've been given the ambitious list of three songs to prepare, I only need to post one link for the Stormhold Singing for next month, as they are all found in the Lochac Virtual Songbook.

The songs are:
- Come Again (easy for current or former university choristers)
- Stella Splendens, which with only two parts I found easy enough to follow those who knew it when it was sung at Midwinter
- Deo Gracias!, known popularly as the Agincourt Carol - this is the one I'm going to have to bone up on as I've only heard it sung once but it seems to be a Lochac post-feast favourite.

Stella Splendens comes from the Red Book of Monserrat, one of the larger extant collections of medieval choral music. A collection of sheet music and Noteworthy files for all of the 10 surviving songs can be found here.

The Youtube version of Three Country Dances I was talking about is very good, although it does layer the parts differently: tenor, alto, soprano, bass, instead of the Lochac version: bass, tenor, soprano, alto, which is consistent with the original (see below).

Master Gregory Blount of Isenfir in Atlantia has a full scanned copy of Ravenscroft's Pammelia, the compilation that includes Three Country Dances or as it is titled there, "Sing after fellowes". That score seems to agree with Baroness Cecilia (and not me) that the E's at the end are natural and not flat, so we sang it right yesterday, apparently.

Master Gregory's website also contains a bunch of other interesting SCA music, dance, etc. that I will be looking through with interest.
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After Stormhold Singing on Sunday, which was much fun, I've been collating some old links I had on period singing and following some new ones.

Baroness Cecilia's Essential SCA Songbook is quite awesome, particularly when one's work printer has Booklet Maker functionality. :)

In my travels, I also found an origin story for the "Happy Birthday [grunt]" song (known by many other names), and it is Caid, AS XII! I first heard this song in choraldom but from choristers with some or a lot of overlap with SCAdians so it shouldn't be too surprising it's an SCA song.

I'm also trying to promote the Lilypond format in SCA circles, as currently most people use Noteworthy which costs money and makes less pretty sheet music. I note that Baroness Cecilia of Ildhafn uses Melody Assistant which is shareware and her songbook is pretty, so that might be worth a look. There is an open source addon to Noteworthy that apparently converts NWC files to LY files too.

A source for more Stormhold Singing:
Aaron Elkiss is an early/renaissance music buff who posts LY files of period songs to the Choral Public Domain Library.

Edited to add:
Daisy Abbott has Lilypond created sheet music and separate part MIDI files for April is in my Mistress' face for next month.

The other song suggested for next month, Three Country Dances, can be found in Baroness Cecilia's Songbook linked above.

Edited again to add a link to Known World Virtual Songbook for [ profile] lizziesilver.


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