Henry VIII: Pastyme with good companye (3 versions)
|Image of the Cantus (melody) part of the original MS of Pastyme …|
I was watching the BBC programme Music and Monarchy when I heard this air being played, and it occurred to me that I had made an adaptation in an earlier foray into this music. Michael Parmenter on Ukeclassicaltabs had made a jolly version for re-entrant tuning, so I had a go at adapting it for low 4th uke, from various sources.
More recently I found a facsimile and a transcription of the original MS on Wikipedia (where else!) and so I transcribed the three voices into uke tabs. This sounded a bit modal and discordant in places (see note below), so I made another adaptation based on the transcription by Allen Garvin, which seems more comfortable on the ears.
You can download the files in the following formats: pdf (preview), pdf auto download, TablEdit and MIDI.
Note added later: A very helpful correspondent (“Ukatee” on Ukulele Underground) explains it this way:
Accidentals in early music like this are a whole can of worms – try googling “musica ficta” and you will see what I mean! Basically these old manuscripts didn’t add them as they were already implied by the rules and conventions of the time.
For example, an E natural against an Bb was strictly forbidden – “diabolus in musica” – and the singers would flatten the E. Their method of thinking in hexachords (a precursor of modern sol-fa) would make them do this automatically. In modern transcriptions the editor will indicate these ‘extra’ accidentals by either writing them above the note, or making them smaller than original ones.