|First Publication||1620 in Private Musicke. Or the First Booke of Ayres and Dialogues, No.24|
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|Work Title||See, see, O see who is here come a-maying|
|Alternative. Title||See, see, O see who is heere come a maying|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IMP 27|
|First Publication.||1620 in Private Musicke. Or the First Booke of Ayres and Dialogues, No.24|
|Librettist||Ben Jonson (d. 1637)|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Baroque|
|Instrumentation||6 voices, viols|
There are 6 parts, of which the text is on the first line; these lines are only labelled with "Canto", "Tenor", etc. But given the collection subtitle "contayning songs of 4. 5. and 6. parts, of severall sorts, and being verse and chorus, is fit for voyces and viols", it seems to be flexible enough that it could be done by 1, 2, or 3 voices with viol(s). However, this is also subject to correction if IMSLP gets an upload of the original collection and the actual parts indicate something different.
Composer's note: "This Song was made for the King and Queenes entertaynement at High-gate on May-day. 1604", referring to a masque The Penates by Ben Jonson. It was performed at a private entertainment of King James I (1566-1625) and Queen Anne (1574-1619) at Sir William Cornwallis's (1549-1611) house at Highgate.