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Ref No IE TCD MS 408
Former Shelf Marks As composite: D. 1. 21; B.32; I.65
Title Ballet lute book
Creation Dates [?1590-1603]
Extent And Medium 1 vol.
Level Of Description Collection
Author William Ballet
Scribe Several hands.
Scope And Content Pp 1-74 The William Ballet lute book: a collection of English lute and viol music, including many abstract tunes for dances
Pp 75-114 Lute book: a personal collection by an untrained lutenist of late Elizabethan popular tunes for dances and ballads.

This volume contains settings of a great many of the popular dance and broadside ballad tunes of the sixteenth century including: 'Fortune my foe,' 'Peg a Ramsey,' 'Bonny sweet Robin,' 'Calleno (?Cailín ó Cois tSiúire mé),' 'Lightlie love Ladies, 'Green Sleeves,' 'Weladay,' (all mentioned by Shakspeare); also 'The Witches Dawnce,' 'The hunt is up,' 'The Shaking of the Shetes,' 'The Quadran Pavan,' 'a Hornpipe,' 'Robin Reddocke,' 'Barrow Foster's Dreame,' 'Lachrymae by mr dowland ' (pp 42-3). 'Lusty Gallant,' 'The Blacksmith,' "Rogero,' 'Turkeyloney,' 'Staynes Morris,' 'Sellenger's Rownde,' 'All flowers in brome,' 'Ballo,' 'Wigmore's Galliard,' 'Robin Hood is to the greenwood gone,' 'Queen Maries Dump'. A full list is given in Ward, op cit.
The author's of the music include Anthony Holborne, John Johnson, John Dowland, Daniell Batcheler, Thomas Ford, Alfonso Ferrabosco, Edward Pearce, Mr Newman and Mr Cotton.

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Arrangement The volume contains two distinct and unrelated lute music manuscripts bound together, subsequent to their arrival in the Library, in the 18th century.


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Language English
Public Note Répertoire international des sources musicales, B VII;handschriftlich überlieferte Lauten- und Gitarrentablaturen des 15. bis 18. Jahrhunderts, beschriebender Katalog von Wolfgang Boetticher (Munich: G Henle, [1978]).
JM Ward, 'The lute books of Trinity College, Dublin: II MS D. 2. 21 (the so-called Ballet Lute Book)' in The Lute Society Journal, vol x, 1968
AJ Sabol, A score for lovers made men, a masque by Ben Jonson (Providence: Brown University Press, 1963.
Claude M Simpson, The British broadside ballad and its music (Rutgers U.P., 1966).
Breandán Breathnach, Folk music and dances of Ireland (Dublin and Cork: Mercier Press, 1977)
William Chappell, revised H. Ellis Woolridge Old English Popular Music (London, Macmillan, 1893/reprinted New York 1961), part I, pp.236-237, mentions the dance tune All Flowers of the Broom (MS 408 p. 103), and relates that it is mentioned as a dance tune by Nicholas Breton in Works of a Young Wit, 1577: 'by chance, / Our banquet done, we had our music by, / And then you know, the youth must needs go dance, / First galliards - then larousse, and heidegy - / Old Lusty Gallant - All flowers of the Broom; / And then a hall, for dances must have room'
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