Thomas Tomkins: Music Divine

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Program: #03-18   Air Date: May 05, 2003

One of the earliest fans of the program was the direct descendent of the composer who lived from the time of Elizabeth, through the Jacobean Era, and into the Interregnum. We dedicate this new first-time-ever recording of the much admired 1622 songbook of Tomkins to his memory.

Preservation of this program is made possible by a generous grant from Ralph Smith.

NOTE: All of the music on this program is from the recording Thomas Tomkins: Music Divine performed by the ensemble I Fagiolini on the Chandos Chaconne label, and is numbered CHAN 0680.

One of the earliest fans of the program was the direct descendent of this composer who lived from the time of Elizabeth, through the Jacobean Era, and into the Interregnum. We dedicate this new first-time-ever recording of the much admired 1622 songbook of Tomkins to his memory.

1). Music divine, proceeding from above ("To Mr. Doctor Heather").

2). To the shady woods now wend we ("To Mr. Robert Chetwode").

3). O let me live for true love ("To Dr. Dowland & Master John Daniell").

4). See, see the shepherds' Queen ("To Mr. John Stevens").

5). Phyllis, yet see him dying ("To Mr. Nicholas Carlton").

6). When I observe those beauty's wonderments ("To Mr. Thomas Warwicke").

7). Too much I once lamented ("To my ancient & much Reverend Master, William Byrd").

8). Fond men that do so highly prize ("To my brother, Mr. Nicholas Tomkins").

9). Oyez! Has any found a lad ("To Mr. John Coperario").

10). Weep no more, thou sorry boy ("To my brothers Peregrine & Robert Tomkins").

11). Oft did I marle how in thine eyes ("To Master John Ward").

12). Adieu, ye city-prisoning towers! ("To Mr. William White").

13). Our hasty life away doth past ("To my deare Father Mr. Thomas Tomkins").

14). Come, shepherds, sing with me ("To Mr. Nathaniel Giles").

15). How great delights from those sweet lips I taste ("To Mr. William Crosse").

16). No more will I thy love importune ("To Mr. William Walker").

17). Phyllis, now cease to move me ("To Mr. Henry Molle").

18). Sure, there is no god of Love! ("To Mr. Humfrey Withy").

19). Fusca, in thy starry eyes ("To Mr. Phinees Fletcher").

20). Cloris, when as I woo ("To Mr. Orlando Gibbons").

21). Woe is me! that I am constrained ("To my brother Mr. John Tomkins").

22). Turn unto the Lord our God ("To my sonne, Nathaniel Tomkins").

23). It is my well-beloved's voice ("To Mr. Doctor Ailmer").

24). When David heard that Absalom was slain ("To Mr. Thomas Myriell").

25). Love, cease tormenting ("To Master Thomas Day").

26). Was ever wretch tormented ("To my Brother Giles Tomkins").

Composer Info

Thomas Tomkins

CD Info

CHAN 0680.

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