Thursday, April 24, 2008

When in Romanesca...


[Creative Commons image by evillibby]

Edward de Vere was a lyricist before he turned his literary muse to bigger challenges. Johnny Mercer or Cole Porter may have turned in better pop songs over their whole careers, but de Vere -- whose lyrics date mostly from his teenage years and early 20s -- did spin some lyrical silver and gold in his day.

Yesterday, blogger and musician Anchor Mejans posted an adaptation of de Vere's poem "Reason and Affection" for vocals and harpsichord. It's a style of Elizabethan song called the Romanesca. (Alternate link here; lyrics here.)

Mejans writes, "My adaptation does away with many of the standard trills and presents the song as if sung by a local guy in the tavern and in a more relaxed and contemporary vocal style. Song-writing over the centuries still extols the virtues of Love, as does this oldie."

So if you like '60s-style music, give it a listen.

That's 1560s, of course.

3 comments:

Seijas and Méjans said...

Hey Thanks...
you may wish to take down the alternate link - its no longer there...also there is an "s" at the end of my name.
Cheers
Mr. Mejans

! said...

http://ccmixter.org/files/anchormejans/15195

Here is the link where "Romanesca" can be heard...

Mark said...

fixed and fixed. thanks!