4010 – Blow Shepherds, Blow
Arranged by Roger Harvey
for brass quartet (2 trumpets, horn, trombone)
Thomas Morley was born in Norwich, son of a brewer, but moved to London in his youth to become a chorister at St Paul's Cathedral. After completeing an Oxford degree he returned to London where he was a contemporary and neighbour of Shakespeare, a composer of some of his songs, and became the most influential musician of his generation. He was organist at St Paul's Cathedral, a leading figure in the development of the English madrigal style from Italian influences and held a monopoly on music publishing.
Blow Shepherds Blow was published in 1593 in a collection of 'Canzonets to 3 voices'.
This version is adapted for a 4 part ensemble.
Play in a lively but comfortable tempo. The style should, for the most part, be dance-like with light articulation and elegantly shaped phrases.
Make sure to begin each phrase precisely and confidently to keep the contrapuntal conversation alive.