Lord Zouche's Masque

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LORD ZOUCHE'S MASQUE. AKA - "My Lord Zouche's Masque," "Zouche's March." English, Country Dance Tune (2/2 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is quite old, first published in Morley's First Book of Consort Lessons (1599), and appearing in several (twenty) 16th and 17th century manuscript collections.. It was known in the Netherlands as "Onder de Linde Groene" (Under the Green Linden Tree), published in 1649 in a volume called Der Fluyten Lust-Hof (The Flute's Garden of Delights) by Jacob van Eyck (c. 1590-1657), a recorder player, 'carillonneur of the Utrecht Dom Catyherderal, and director of all the bells and clock-chimes of the city. In many of the Continental manuscripts the tune is labelled 'English tune' or 'Irish tune.'

It apparently was the vehicle for the dance the branle (brawl), and appears as a lute arrangement called "Branle D'Irlande" in the first volume of Nicolas Vallet's Secretum Musarum (1615, p. 91), printed in Amsterdam by Vallet himself.

The masque is thought to be associated with Edward, 115h Lord Zouche.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 10.

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