owt of your slepe aryse (ssa or ttb)

Catalog ID: S-132c
Translation: out of your sleep arise
First Line: nowel, owt of your slepe aryse & wake
Composer: anonymous 4
Author: medieval carol
Voicing: ssa or ttb
Accompaniment: a cappella
Language: medieval english
Country: england
Series: anonymous four
Other: 2000 holiday, christmas, sacred


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This jolly carol inspired us to elaborate on the burden (refrain). which is printed in its original form at the beginning of this edition.  The alternate burden, in three voices, is Anonymous 4's own invention.  It is based on the original monophonic burden, but expands it into a voice-exchange canon, with an added line of harmony.

During the high Middle Ages (the twelfth through fourteenth centuries), poets and musicians of the British Isles produced a vast array of songs, ballads, carols, and liturgical works on the topics of the incarnation and the virgin birth.  The number of these pieces is so large that it sometimes seems as if the British invented the celebration of Christmas. 

On Yoolis Night is published in three separate octavos: no. 1: hodie christus natus est / a nywe werk(S-132a); no. 2: ther is no rose of swych vertu(S-132b); no. 3: owt of your slepe aryse(S-132c).  Significant historical and performance information is included in each octavo.

Audio samples from ''On Yoolis Night'' used by arrangement with harmonia mundi usa, CD HMU 907099.  audio clip is from no. 2: ther is no rose

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