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Two Elizabethan Airs
Two arrangements for piano by ‘jbw’, which is to say ‘John Burgess Wilson’, Anthony Burgess’s original name, of ‘Fain Would I Change That Note’ by Tobias Hume and ‘The Leaves Be Green’ by William Byrd. Burgess’s use of his original name, as well as the type of paper and pen used to write the manuscript, date his arrangements to pre-1960.
Fain would I change that note To which fond Love hath charm’d me Long, long to sing by rote, Fancying that that harm’d me: Yet when this thought doth come ‘Love is the perfect sum Of all delight!’ I have no other choice Either for pen or voice To sing or write.
– Tobias Hume (1569-1645)
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