By a Bank as I Lay

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 Theme code Index    3355 6655
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 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    England
 Genre/Style    English
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece
 Key/Tonic of    F
 Accidental    1 flat
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    4/4, 3/2
 History    
 Structure    One part
 Editor/Compiler    William Chappell
 Book/Manuscript title    Popular Music of the Olden Time vol. 1
 Tune and/or Page number    pp. 46-47
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1859
 Artist    
 Title of recording    
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    
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BY A BANK AS I LAY. English, Air (4/4 and 3/2 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. The song appears in the British Museum MSS Reg. Appendix 58, and was printed by William Chappell in the first volume of his works, dealing with older airs. "By the Bank as I Lay" is a sixteenth century ballad and was recorded in period accounts as a favorite of King Henry VIII, a skilled amateur musician who liked to sing. A later version was printed by Ravenscroft in his collection Deuteromelia (1609), under the heading "Freemen's Songs to three voices." See Chappell (1859) for more.

Printed source: Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Times), vol. 1, 1859; pp. 46-47.


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