Welcome to Music 213 listening and information page.  

In addition to the early music found in the Norton Anthology, Recorder Music, additional 15th century music, and Court Fanfares have been added for your listening and  we can read the notes and listen to The Play of Daniel.

Fall, 2009 Syllabus    Dr. Sue Lane Talley

Please click here for Recorder Music:  Which includes a brief historical backround and translations

Please click here for Fanfares and Court music: An overview of the history is included and a translation of the music

Additional Musical examples from the 15th century including Eastern and Spanish music  This includes Jewish music and instrumental selections


Please click here for notes on the play of Daniel

Listen to the Play of Daniel Part one and Part two.

 Additional selections, important webliography, and midi files are posted at the end.

Written by Benedictine Monks Abbey En Calcat


The Norton Anthology: found in our library

Unit One: Epitaph of Seikilos to Philippe de Vitry 

1. Epitaph of Seikilos 

2. Euripides: Orestes: Stasimon chorus       

3. Gregorian Chant: Mass for Christmas Day:  Introit: Puer natus est nobis Kyrie, Gloria, Gradual: Viderunt omnes, Alleluia

4. Gregorian Chant: Mass for Christmas Day: Credo        

5. Gregorian Chant : Mass for Christmas Day: Offertory: Tui sunt coeli, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Communion: Viderunt omnes plus  Gregorian Chant Office of Second Vespers, Nativity of Our Lord Antiphon:          Tecum principium, Psalm 109: Dixit Dominus Short Responsory: Verbum cam, Gregorian Chant Sequence for the Solemn Mass of Easter Day: Victimae paschaa audes

6. Hildegard of Bingen: Ordo virtutum: In principio omnes Sequentia

7. Gregorian Chant: Trope: Quem quaeritis in praesepe

8. Adam de Ia HaIIe: jeu de Robin et de Marion: Rondeau: Robins m'aime

9. Bernart de Ventadorn: Can vei Ia Iauzeta mover

10. Beatriz de Dia:  Canso: A chantar

11. Hans Sachs: Nachdem David war redlich und aufrichtig

12. Istampita Palamento

13. Organum: AIleIuia justus../MUS 213_Audio/organum.rm Ut palma

14. Aquitanian Polyphony: jubilemus, exultemus Dominique Vellerd;

15. Léonin, etc. AIIeIuia Pascha nostrum: Gregorian Chant and Early Polyphonic Elaborations Léonin, Organum duplum Motet: Gaudeat devotio ftdelium Léonin, Organum duplum, cont'd Motet: Ave Maria, Fans letitie Léoni, Organum duplum, cont'd Motet: Salve, salus hominum/Oradians stella/nostrum

16. Pérotin: Organum quadruplum: Sederunt

17. Conductus: Ave virgo virginum

18. Anonymous Motet: Amours mi font/En mai/FIos Filius eius

19. Philippe de Vitry In arborislTuba sacre fidel/Virgo sum

 Josquin des Prez

UNIT TWO: Guillaume de Machaut to Pierre Attaingnant

1. Guillaume de Machaut Mass:Agnus Dei

2. Guillaume de Machaut Rondeau: Rose, liz, printemps, verdure

3. Jacopo da Bologna: Madrigal: Fenice fu

4. Francesco Landini Ballata: Non avrd ma' pietà

5. Baude Cordier Rondeau: Belle, bonne, sage

6. John Dunstable Motet: Quam pulchra es

7. Carol: Salve, sancta parens

8. Guillaume de Fay Ballade: Resvellies vous et faites chiere lye

9. Guillaume Du Fay Hymn: Conditor alme siderum

10. Guillaume Du Fay Ballade: Se Ia face ay pale Missa Se Ia face ay pale: Gloria

11. GilIes Binchois: Rondeau: De plus en plus

12. Johannes Ockeghem: Missa De plus en plus: Kyrie and Agnus Dei The Tallis

13. Josquin des Prez: Missa Pange lingua: Kyrie; Credo: Et incarnatus est Crucifixus

14. Josquin des Prez: Motet: De profundis clamavi ad te

15. Heinrich Isaac:  Lied: lnnsbruck, ich muss dich lassen

16. Marco Cara: Frottola: Ia non compro piu speranza

17. Jacob Arcadelt: Madrigal: II bianco e dolce cigno

18. Adrian Willaert: Madrigal: Aspro core e selvaggio

19. Cipriano de Rore: Madrigal: Da le belle contrade d'oriente

20. Luca Marenzio: Madrigal: Solo e pensoso

21. Carlo Gesualdo: Madrigal: "Io parto" e non piu dissi

22. Claudin de Sermisy: Chanson: Tant que vivray

23. Claude Le Jeune: Chanson: Revecy venir du printans

24. Thomas Weelkes: Madrigal: 0 Care, thou wilt despatch me

25. John Dowland: Air: Flow, my tears

26. Pierre Attaingnant: Danseries a 4 parties, Second Livre: Baste danse

27. Pierre Attaingnant: Branle gay: Que je chatoulle to fossette 

Giovanni da Palestrina


Unit THREE: William Byrd to Giacomo Carissimi 

1. William Byrd: Pavana Lachrymae

2. William Byrd: Full Anthem: Sing joyfully unto God

3. Giovanni da Palestrina: Pope Marcellus Mass: Credo

4. Giovanni da Palestrina: Pope Marcellus Mass: Agnus Del I

5. Tomás Luis de Victoria: Motet: 0 magnum mysterium

6. Tomás Luis de Victoria: Mass: 0 magnum mysterium, Kyrie

7. Orlando di Lasso: Motet: Tristis est anima mea

8. Giulio Caccini: Madrigal: Vedro 'I mio

9. Jacopo Peri: Le musiche sopra  I'Euridice: Prologue: la, che d'alti sospir

10. Jacopo Peri: Nei pur ardor

11. Jacopo Peri: Per quel yoga boschetto

12. Claudio Monteverdi: Madrigal: Cruda Amarilli 

13. Claudio Monteverdi: L'Orfeo: Prologue: Dal mio Permesso; Act II: Vi ricorda; and in un florito proto   (Note: two different examples)

14. Claudio Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea: Act I, Scene 3

15. Marc Antonio Cesti: Orontea: Act II, Scene 17: intorno all'idol mio

16. Barbara Strozzi: Cantata: Lagrime mie

17. Giovanni Gabrieli: Grand Concerto: In ecclesiis

18. Lodovico Viadana: Sacred Concerto: 0 Domine, Jesu Christe

19. Alessandno Grandi: Motet: 0 quam tu pulchra es

20. Giacomo Carissimi: Historia di Jephte: Plorate colles; Plorate filii Israel    (Note: two different examples)

 Claudio Monteverdi


Unit FOUR: Heinrich Schutz to Arcangelo Corelli

1. Heinnich Schütz: Grand Concerto: Saul, was verfolgst du mich

2. Ennemond Gaultier: Gigue: La Poste: Lute Version; Arrangement for harpsichord (Note: two different examples)

3. Johann Jakob Froberger: Lamentation faite sur la mort . . . De Ferdinand le troisième ...

4. Girolamo Frescobaldi: Toccata No.3

5. Alessandro Scarlatti: La Griselda: Act II, Scene I: Mi rivedi

6. Jean-Baptiste LuIly: Le bourgeois gentilhomme: Entrée and Chaconne

7. Jean-Baptiste Lully: Armide: Ouverture;Act II, Scene 5: Enfin il est en ma puissance (Note: two different examples)

8. Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Act Ill, Scene 2: Thy hand, Belinda/ When I am laid in earth; Chorus: With drooping wings  (Note: two different examples)

9. Henry Purcell: The Fairy Queen: Hark! the ech'ing air a triumph sings

10. Dieterich Buxtehude: Praeludium in E Major (Note: two different examples)

11. Francois Couperin: Vingt-cinquieme ordre

12. Giovanni Legrenzi: Trio Sonata: La Raspona

13. Arcangelo Corelli: Trio Sonata, Op. 3, No. 2  


San Marco Cathedral in Venice, where Gabrieli played his music


Please click here for Early Music Frequently Asked Questions: The web's largest reference for European Medieval and Renaissance music since 1994.  These include the following:


Specialist pages


Suggestions for Beginners



Early music is for today!  Here are some Early Music examples that are arranged for synthesizer by Dr. Sue Talley.  The wonderful melodies are timeless and have been used by hundreds of composers for ages.

Sacred Hymns

1. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence: "... and with fear and trembling stand,/Ponder nothing earthly-minded, for with blessing in His hand/ Christ our God to earth descendeth/ Our full homage to demand." Used in the Eastern Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, from the Liturgy of St. James.

2. Of the Father's Love Begotten: "Of the Father's love begotten, ere the worlds began to be/ He is Alpha and Omega, He the Source, the ending He..." Aurelius Prudentius; Plainsong, Mode V.

3. Lo, How a Rose: "Lo, how a rose e'er blooming/ From Jesse's root has sprung..." A hymn based upon the popular image of the "Jesse Tree", the "family tree" of Jesus, the Son of God and the Son of David. Traditional melody, from Speier Gebetbuch, 1599.

4. Jacob's Ladder: "As Jacob with travel was weary one day/ At night on a stone for a pillow he lay..." So begins the ballad of "Jacob's Ladder," which is eventually shown to be the Cross: "Hallelujah for Jesus Who died on the Tree/ and has raised up a ladder of mercy for me!" English folk carol; words traditional.

5. Pachelbel Canon: A true "song without words," this peaceful canon is one of the most popular songs in classical music.

6. O Sons and Daughters: "O sons and daughters, let us sing! The King of heaven, the mighty King/ O'er death today comes triumphing! Alleluia!" (Jean Tisserand; trans. J.M. Neale.)

7. Pange Lingua: "Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle, /Sing the winning of the fray...Tell how Christ, the world's Redeemer/ As a victim won the day." (Plainsong; words, Fortunatus, 569.)

8. Ave Maria: "Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb..." (Words: St. Luke's Gospel; music: Arcadelt, with an introduction by S. Talley.)

9. Tallis' Canon: "All praise to Thee, my God, this night/ For all the blessings of the light. Keep me, O keep me, King of Kings/ Beneath the shadow of Thy wings." (Music by Thomas Tallis.)

10. Adoro Devote (Humbly I Adore Thee): "Humbly I adore Thee, Verity unseen..." Thomas Aquinas' conclusion, after many years of study, was that all his theology could not unveil the great mystery of God. He wrote this hymn as his final statement of faith.


Some Early Instruments:

Want to know more?  Click on the webliography below:

Webliography of Early Music Sources to 1750 This was written in 2001 and 40% of the links are no longer valid.  However, there are some fine resources for the study of early music.

Finally, Some MIDI Pages:

These pages, (excerpts from the webliography above and some have a thousand entries), play compositions on your computer sound card or keyboard. To hear them properly you have to set your keyboard to a General MIDI setting and they will only sound as good as the samples you have loaded into the keyboard or computer. They are small files and thousands could fit on one floppy disk if you download them.

The Classical Archives. MIDI files.  773 compositions from 170 composers of early music. 


Examples from the above page for Vitry, Machaut, Josquin, and Willaert.

http://www.classical.net/music/comp.lst/vitry.html   http://www.classical.net/music/comp.lst/machaut.html http://www.classical.net/music/comp.lst/josquin.html   http://www.classical.net/music/comp.lst/acc/willaert.html  

Claudio Monteverdi: Bio and MIDI files. 


Harpsichord connections: A collection of MIDI files. Their goal is to gather all the harpsichord midi files around the net, or at least provide a link to them.


English Baroque:  A collection of MIDI files from early English composers.


Classical Musical Midi page: MIDI files and Bio of Josquin Des Pres


John Sankey:  MIDI page and bio of William Byrd.  Many selections!