SATB choir, piano accompaniment, lute, guitar - Easy/Medium
What if I never speed / Can she excuse my wrongs / Now, O now, I needs must part. Composed by John Dowland (1563-1626). Edited by Dennis Shrock. GIA Historical Music. Music Education. Octavo. 24 pages. Published by GIA Publications (GI.G-8361).
Item Number: GI.G-8361
Language: English. Text by John Dowland.
This versatile Renaissance air or ayer for lute, guitar, or piano has many performance options. It can be sung by soprano, alto, tenor, or bass alone or by any combination of these voice parts with varied instrumental accompaniment. Furthermore, one can vary the textures and dynamic levels of the repeated sections of music, from echo effects to vocal and instrumental dialogues. The three songs are meant to serve as a set, one following the other in performance.
The GIA Historical Music Series edited by Dennis Shrock, presents repertoire suitable for performance by public school, college and university, church, and community ensembles, with the purpose of making available to today's conductors lesser-known and previously difficult-to-procure historical masterpieces. The music, drawn from the Renaissance through the Romantic eras, is in performance editions based on the most current and rigorous scholarly research. The musical scores reflect original intent of notation, with all editorial markings and emendations clearly identified as such. In addition, preface material accompanying the music contains literal translations of foreign language texts and information regarding the lives of the composers, genres, and relevant performance practices.
Dennis Shrock is Director of Choral Activities at Texas Christian University. He has been called one of the top choral scholars in the United States and has received a number of awards for his work. He received a bachelor's degree in music education from Westminster Choir College and both master's and doctoral degrees in choral conducting from Indiana University.
Accompaniment can be lute, guitar or piano.