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My Lord of Oxenford's Maske: Edward de Vere and his circle

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Text from British Library additional manuscript 15117: The poor soul sat sighing by a sycamore tree, Sing willow, willow, willow; With his hand in his bosom and his head upon his knee, O willow, willow, willow, willow; O willow, willow, willow, willow Shall be my garland. Sing all a green willow; Willow, willow willow, Ay me, the green willow Must be my garland. He sighed in his singing, and made a great moan, Sing willow, willow, willow; I am dead to all pleasure, my true love she is gone, O willow, willow, willow, willow; O willow, willow, willow, willow Shall be my garland. The fresh streams ran by him and murmured his moans, Sing willow, willow, willow; His salt tears fell from him, and softened the stones, O willow, willow, willow, willow; O willow, willow, willow, willow Shall be my garland. Come all you forsaken and mourn you with me, Sing willow, willow, willow; Who speaks of a false love, mine’s falser yet than she, O willow, willow, willow, willow; O willow, willow, willow, willow Shall be my garland. Let love no more boast in her palace nor bower, Sing willow, willow, willow; It buds, but it blasteth ere it be a flower, O willow, willow, willow, willow; O willow, willow, willow, willow Shall be my garland. Though fair and more false, I die with thy wound, Sing willow, willow, willow; Thou hast lost the truest lover that goes upon the ground, O willow, willow, willow, willow; O willow, willow, willow, willow Shall be my garland. Let nobody chide her, her scorns I approve, Sing willow, willow, willow; She was born to be false, and I to die for her love, O willow, willow, willow, willow; O willow, willow, willow, willow Shall be my garland. Take this for my farewell and latest adieu, Sing willow, willow, willow; Write this on my tomb, that in love I was true, O willow, willow, willow, willow; O willow, willow, willow, willow Shall be my garland.
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Our third release features 16th century English songs with poetry attributed to Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, and lute solos with dedications bearing his name. Rounding out the collection are several lute solos and duets from the famous Folger lute manuscript, and familiar favorites sure to please lovers of Shakespeare, Dowland, and all things Elizabethan, including Greensleeves and The Willow Song. Selected by Cleveland classical radio station WCLV as a Choice CD.

Meic Goodyear of Lute News (UK) says:
"...Mignarda make the song ['O mistress mine'] wistful and reflective...turning a piece so familiar it's almost hackwork into something of heart-stopping beauty....Stewart...is simply astonishing. Conversational, dramatic, or elegiac as the lyrics dictate, never out of balance with her accompanist, she decorates and varies as naturally as a sean nos singer, with perfect diction and a real concern to communicate the meaning of the words."

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released November 1, 2006

Donna Stewart, voice
Ron Andrico, lute

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Al Grunwell at Fingerlakes Recording Studio, Ithaca, NY

All performing scores copyright 2006 Mignarda Editions.

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Mignarda Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Mignarda specializes in thoughtful programming illuminating the vibrant mingling of renaissance music & poetry. Noted for awakening modern audiences to an appreciation for historical music, their work encompasses concertizing, teaching & recording, with 12 critically-acclaimed CDs, a series of 12 music editions, scholarly articles, reviews and the internationally-popular blog, Unquiet Thoughts. ... more

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