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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.

As a writer, he wrote two treatises on music theory: A Briefe Discourse of the True (but Neglected) Use of Charact'ring the Degrees (London, 1614), and A Treatise of Musick, which remains in manuscript (unpublished). (Wikipedia)

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Thomas Ravenscroft (c1582/1592-1635)

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4 fantasias à5 for viols (or Broken Consort)

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No.1

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No.2

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No.3

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No.4

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Deuteromelia (1609) - Freemens Songs to 3 Voices

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1. As it fell on a holy day

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2. The flye she sat

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3. We be Souldiers three

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4. By Lands-dale hey ho

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5. By Lands-dale, another way

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6. We be three poor Mariners

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7. Of all the birds

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Deuteromelia (1609) - Rounds or Catches to 3 Voices

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8. Lord heare the poore

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9. Browning Madame

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10. Hold thy peace

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11. Glad am I

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12. Margery serve well

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13. Three Blinde Mice

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14. The Great Bells of Oesney

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15. Maults Come Down

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Deuteromelia (1609) - Freemens Songs to 4 Voices

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16. Martin said to his man

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17. Giue vs once a drink

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18. Who liveth so merry

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19. By a bank

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20. Tomorrow the fox will come to town

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21. Willy I prethee go to bed

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22. Yonder comes a

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Deuteromelia (1609) - Rounds or Catches to 4 Voices

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23. Vt Re Mi Fa Sol La

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24. Oh My Love

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25. Go to Ioane Glouer

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26. The maide she went

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27. I C V B A K

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28. Sing with thy mouth

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29. By hils and dales

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30. The Pigion

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31. Hey downe a downe

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Pammelia: Rounds or Catches of three Voices (1609)

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1. Hey hoe, to the greene wood

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2. O my fearefull dreames

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3. Iolly shepheard and upon a hill as he sate

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4. All into service let vs ring

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5. New Oysters, new oysters

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6. Oken leaues in the merry wood so wilde

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7. Now God bee with old Simon

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8. Well fare the Nightingale

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9. Follow me quickly

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10. Now kisse the cup

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11. New Oysters, new walestreet Oysters

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12. All in to seruice, the belles toles

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Pammelia: Cannon three parts in one, in the fift and ninth (1609)

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13. Hey downe adowne, behold and see

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14. Miserere nostri Domine [Recorders and Voices]

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15. Pietas omnium virtutem

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16. Intende voci Orationis mea [Recorders and Voices]

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17. Haec est vita æterna

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18. Miserere nostri Dominen viuentium [Recorders and Voices]

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19. O Prayse the Lord ye that feare him

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20. The Nightingale, the mery Nightingale

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21. The old dogge, the iolly old dogge

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22. Ioan come kisse me now

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23. My Dame has in her hutch at home

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24. Goe no more to Brainford

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25. Dame lend me a loafe

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26. I am a thirst

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27. There lies a pudding in the fire

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28. Hey downe a downe behold and see

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29. What hap had I to marry a shrow

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Pammelia: Rounds or Catches of foure Voices (1609)

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Pammelia: Songs of fiue voices (1609)

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Pammelia: Songs of sixe voices (1609)

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Pammelia: Songs of seuen, eight, nine and ten voices (1609)

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