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    Default What If A Day Or A Month Or A Year (Thomas Campion, c. 1600)

    Thomas Campion (1567-1620): "What if a day or a moneth or a yeare"

    Arranged by Steve Hendricks:
    http://sca.uwaterloo.ca/Hendricks/eballad2/whatifa.pdf

    This is a well-known late Elisabethean madrigal, usually attributed to Thomas Campion, but sometimes to John Dowland.

    I've recorded the treble melody on my nylon-strung bowlback mandolin (the "Baroq-ulele"), which has a soft organ-like tone. On the repeat, the Baroq-ulele takes the treble harmony, swapping parts with the Embergher bowlback which has a quite different tone.

    "Baroq-ulele" nylgut-strung mandolin
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    1925 Zimmermann waldzither
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    Default Re: What If A Day Or A Month Or A Year (Thomas Campion, c. 1600)

    How lovely! Since you provided the dots, I enjoyed playing along with you!

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    Default Re: What If A Day Or A Month Or A Year (Thomas Campion, c. 1600)

    Me to , what a wonderful piece , I so enjoyed playing along with it plus learning a new piece of music
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    Default Re: What If A Day Or A Month Or A Year (Thomas Campion, c. 1600)

    Would love to hear some more pieces by Thomas Compion with the music to play along ,he is someone that I have not heard before and am fascinated with his music
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    Default Re: What If A Day Or A Month Or A Year (Thomas Campion, c. 1600)

    Steven,

    The site I linked in my original post has similar arrangements for another 15 of Campion's songs. I suggest you try a few of them to see which ones make good mandolin pieces!

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    Default Re: What If A Day Or A Month Or A Year (Thomas Campion, c. 1600)

    Martin thanks , I having so much fun playing along and now learning some more of his pieces , there is not to many where I live ( Texas ) that is in to his music , let alone classical ,so I will watch this site for more of your videos , I in the mean time will go to the site you directed me to , thanks Steven
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    Default Re: What If A Day Or A Month Or A Year (Thomas Campion, c. 1600)

    La Bouree is such a great piece to play along with , goes real well with mandolin , what a treasure thanks
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    Default The Peaceful Western Wind (Thomas Campion, c. 1600)

    Quote Originally Posted by stevenmando View Post
    Would love to hear some more pieces by Thomas Compion with the music to play along ,he is someone that I have not heard before and am fascinated with his music
    For Steven, and anybody else who likes Campion's songs, here is another one of his, "The Peaceful Western Wind". It's another very pretty melody, well-suited for playing along with.

    Same instrumentation as the other recording, and again based on an arrangement by Steve Hendricks, from:

    http://sca.uwaterloo.ca/Hendricks/eballad2/peaceful.pdf



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