Thomas Ravenscroft
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Thomas Ravenscroft

Thomas Ravenscroft Biography (Wikipedia)

Thomas Ravenscroft (c. 1588 – 1635) was an English musician, theorist and editor, notable as a composer of rounds and catches, and especially for compiling collections of British folk music.

Little is known of Ravenscroft's early life. He probably sang in the choir of St. Paul's Cathedral from 1594, when a Thomas Raniscroft was listed on the choir rolls and remained there until 1600 under the directorship of Thomas Giles. He received his bachelor's degree in 1605 from Cambridge.

Ravenscroft's principal contributions are his collections of folk music, including catches, rounds, street cries, vendor songs, "freeman's songs" and other anonymous music, in three collections: Pammelia (1609), Deuteromelia or The Seconde Part of Musicks Melodie (1609) and Melismata (1611), which contains one of the best-known works in his collections, The Three Ravens. Some of the music he compiled has acquired extraordinary fame, though his name is rarely associated with the music; for example "Three Blind Mice" first appears in Deuteromelia. He also published a metrical psalter (The Whole Booke of Psalmes) in 1621. As a composer, his works are mostly forgotten but include 11 anthems, 3 motets for five voices and 4 fantasias for viols.

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Thomas Ravenscroft
Canst thou love and lie alone
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Oxford tune (Psalm 4)
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Oxford tune (Psalm 4)
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Remember, O thou man
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Remember, O thou man
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Remember, O thou man (Melismata)
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Remember, O thou man (Melismata)
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A Wooing Song Of A Yeoman Of Kents Sonne
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A Wooing Song Of A Yeoman Of Kents Sonne
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Of All The Birds
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Of All The Birds
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The Story of Three Ravens
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The Story of Three Ravens
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New oysters for 3 voices (feat. Ambrosian Singers)
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New oysters for 3 voices (feat. Ambrosian Singers)
The City Waites
We be soldiers; The three ravens; Tomorrow the fox will come to town
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We be soldiers; The three ravens; Tomorrow the fox will come to town
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Martin Said to His Man (feat. The City Waites)
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Martin Said to His Man (feat. The City Waites)
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Canst thou love and lie alone
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Canst thou love and lie alone
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Give us once a drink
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Give us once a drink
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Of all the birds that ever I see
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Of all the birds that ever I see
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Of All the Birds (from 'Johnny, cock thy Beaver')
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Of All the Birds (from 'Johnny, cock thy Beaver')
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The Three Ravens
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The Three Ravens
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Tomorrow the fox will come to town
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Tomorrow the fox will come to town
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Cryers Song of Cheape-Side
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Cryers Song of Cheape-Side
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We Be Soldiers Three
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We Be Soldiers Three
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Remember O Thou Man (Anthem from Melismata)
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Remember O Thou Man (Anthem from Melismata)
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Laboravi in gemitu meo; Ne laeteris inimical mea
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Laboravi in gemitu meo; Ne laeteris inimical mea
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Who liveth so merry; Give us once a drink
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Who liveth so merry; Give us once a drink
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Three Blind Mice; Browning Madame
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Three Blind Mice; Browning Madame
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3 Fantasias for viol
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3 Fantasias for viol
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New Oysters; Come follow me merrily; New Oysters (reprise)
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New Oysters; Come follow me merrily; New Oysters (reprise)
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The marriage of the frogge and the mouse
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The marriage of the frogge and the mouse
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