Early music

Tunes on this page date from the 16th and 17th centuries, and their original words have often not survived (or they were originally purely instrumental pieces). In such cases, I have tried to give a suitable surviving early ballad or poem as the lyrics, except for those tunes that were probably originally purely instrumental; the source (and author, if available) is given in the tune description. Sometimes nothing suitable could be found, and the tune is presented without text.

Music by known composers

Anonymous and traditional tunes

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