Okay, so along with all this fantastic skin care and historic information, I also sing.
Technically, I’m a classically trained opera singer. My voice falls into the category of spinto soprano, baby coloratura. Those are big, fancy words that just means a) I’m loud, b) I don’t blend, c) I sing loud, high, and d) my voice is sorta bendy. My composers would have been Wagner, Puccini, and Verdi.
The last time I sang any type of “period” music was when I worked at the Ren Faire in PA back in 2001/02. One of the songs I got to sing was “Rose Red,” which is a madrigal of sorts. There are three melodies that, when sung together, form harmonies. It’s also really hard to sing harmony with yourself. Anyway, I sang the middle portion, which is the highest part, because I have a high voice. I didn’t actually learn the other two parts, which you can sort of tell in this song.
Here are the various lyrics:
Voice 1: Rose, rose, rose red.
Will I ever see thee wed?
I will marry at thy will, Sire,
At thy will.
Voice 2: Ah, poor bird!
Take thy flight!
High above the sorrows
Of this sad night!
Voice 3: Hey, ho! Nobody home!
Meat, nor drink, nor money
Have I none!
Yet, will I be merry, merry, merry!
Hey, ho! Nobody home!
It’s a pretty song. Cursory searches say it’s a round and it’s from the Elizabethan era. I’d have to really focus and research a little more, but I’m pretty sure this is actually a madrigal (which, if you don’t know the difference, is a song for multiple voices that has a melody and a counterpointe [or countermelody], and can be accompanied by an instrument). This song definitely fits with the melody/countermelodies portion, and it really does sound best with 9-12 voices (3-4 per voice). Regardless. I hope you enjoy it. 🙂