Devereux & Bacheler: To plead my faith (song and ukulele accompaniment) My previous posts dealt with two galliards (by Bacheler and Dowland) based on this song, so I thought it might be a good idea to examine the original in more detail.
It is in four sections, each consisting of repeated 8-bar strains. Fortunately the lute accompaniment still exists, and is not too challenging, so I have transcribed it for ukulele.
|Robert Devereux in a portrait by Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
Image from Wikipedia
Robert Devereux (1565 – 1601), second Earl of Essex, was a distant relation of Elizabeth I, a brave soldier and a poet. He became a favourite of the queen, but lost his head on a charge of treason.
Daniel Bacheler (1572 – 1619) was a lutenist and composer, who at one time worked for Devereux, and later held office in the court of the wife of James I / VI. His style of playing was at the time considered complex and difficult, but this accompaniment isn’t too hard.
The piece was published in Robert Dowland’s A musicall banquet. I can’t find a facsimile online, but you can see a transcription here.
I have provided links to the arrangement below. There is also a MIDI file of the melody – played on an oboe, which is the least horrible synthesised melody instrument on my computer.
- pdf file
- TablEdit file
- MIDI file of melody