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The Complete Works Of Philip Rosseter - Part 1 -
William Barley's 1596 book 'A new Booke of Tabliture for the Orpharion' and Philip Rosseter's A Book of Ayres (1601)

[This was to be just the short list of the life works of composer Philip Rosseter. We have only about 34? short pieces by this minor composer and fine lutenist who's times and friends were of major influence.]
I believe the complete musical compositions of Philip Rosseter, as far as we know them, are in three modern books. The first being Philip Rosseter's A Book of Ayres (1601)" the modern edition of which was published in 1923 by Stainer & Bell. This volume containes 21 lute songs. The second book is "The Lute Music of Philip Rosseter "% edited by Robert Spencer. This book has ten instrumental pieces from manuscript sources and various publications. A third book is Musica Britannica XL, Music For Mixed Consort, Edited and Reconstructed by Warwick Edwards, 1977. This book tries to reconstruct Rosseter's set of ''Lessons for the Consort" that he published in 1609. The musical compositions are by different composers and only a few of them are by Rosseter.

[?A newer book? or edition? % is titled'The Complete Lute Solos of Philip Rosseter London, 1998]

["The Lute Music" is not available to me - thus this piece is only a rough draft. I welcome any suggestions and corrections]



We know of some instrumental pieces from manuscript sources and three Galliards in;
William Barley's 1596 book 'A new Booke of Tabliture for the Orpharion'.
William Barley's 1596 book is the first reference we have to Rosseter (I think). These must be the earliest compositions that we know of written by Philip Rosseter and the first documents of his existence. These earliest compositions are not included in The Life and Works of Philip Rosseter by John Jeffreys. This, the must book on Rosseter, was published in 1990 but is really Jeffreys' work from about 1953 and it leaves many newer discoveries about Rosseter out.

In The Lute Music of Philip Rosseter the following three, Countesse of Sussex, Galliards in William Barley's 1596 book 'A new Booke of Tabliture for the Orpharion' are probably included.


* 1. 'The Countesse of Sussex Galliard'
[I have made a midi file of this piece. If you what a copy mail me at the address below. I recently turned the file into an mp3 file and posted it on my SoundClick page and this is what you should be now hearing on this page.]

* 2. 'Another galliard of the Countesse Of Sussex'

* 3. 'Another galliard of the Countesse Of Sussex.'




A Book of Ayres (1601) by Philip Rosseter

This is an alphabetical listing of the twenty one songs from Philip Rosseter's A Book of Ayres (1601)

* 4. And would you fain the reason no
* 5. And would you see my mistress' face
* 6. Ay me that love
* 7. If I hope I pine
* 8. If I urge my kind desires
* 9. If she forsake me
*10. Kind in unkindness
*11. Let him that will be free
*12. Long have mine eyes gaz'd
*13. No grave for woe
*14. Reprove not love
*15. Shall I come if I swim
*16. Shall then a traitorous kiss
*17. Sweet come again
*18. Though far from joy
*19. Unless there were consent
*20. What heart's content
*21. What is a day
*22. What them is love but mourning
*23. When Laura smiles
*24. Whether men do laugh or weep


To this day Thomas Campian is regularly given credit for writing the words of Rosseter's songs. Edmund H. Fellowes argues in the preface, of Straner & Bell's edition of the ayres, that Rosseter may have written the poems;
"There is no direct evidence that Campian wrote the words of Rosseter's songs, althought it has been very generally assumed that he did. Yet it must be remembered that these two musicians were intimate friends and that if Rosseter also had poetical gifts. as is quite likely, he may have been much influenced by the style of his friend. If, the lyrics set to music by Rosseter were written by Campian, it seems a little strange that he should have explained in such detail that the first section consisted of songs of Campian's 'Owne Composition ... some of them both words and notes vnrespectiuely challenged by others' and at the same time make no mention of Campian's authorship of the words of the songs which he plainly styled 'mine owne'"

The Encyclopedia Britannica, on its web site%%, criticizes Thomas Campian for the poetry of these songs of Rosseter. Such criticism only servers to cast further doubt on Campian's authorship of the poems.

I have recently read David Greer's newer thinking, in The New Grove Dictionary, on Philip Rosseter (2001 Edition, page 716). Greer writes "The view formerly held by literary editors such as Percival Vivian, that the poems in the Rosseter section were by Campian, is no longer generally maintained."

We will never have certain answers to some questions. Anyway it is easy to say that the lyrics of the Rosseter section were written by either the Rosseter or Campian (or perhaps written together). One hypothesis of mine is that they wrote much of the 'A BOOKE OF AYRES' together (If 'Two bookes of Ayres' had so much Campion work in it why would he title his c.1613 books his First and Second "TVVO BOOKES OF AYRES", as if 'A BOOKE OF AYRES' did not exist?). Perhaps Rosseter and Campian were the Beaumont and Flecher of short songs but they didn't think a short song was substantial enough to have two authors. Can we think of Rosseter & Campion as a team like Rodgers & Hart, Gilbret & Sullivan or Lennon & McCartney?


Part 2a. - Works of Philip Rosseter found only in Manuscripts' or 'Non Published Works of Philip Rosseter found in Manuscripts' &
Part 2b. - Philip Rosseter; The Arranger of Thomas Campion's Songs

'Part 3 Philip Rosseter's Lessons for Consort 1609'
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%'The Lute Society' makes available "The Lute Music of Philip Rosseter" edited by Robert Spencer and the following is the information they advertise about it;

The Lute Music of Philip Rosseter edited by Robert Spencer and revised by John H. Robinson and Stewart McCoy. 10 pieces of which 4 are in multiple versions. Includes an introduction, table of concordances, editorial notes, and 21 pages of music, ISBN 0 905 655 13 3
The URL is;
http://dialspace.dial.pipex.com/town/square/fl98/lute/index.htm


Musica Britannica XL, Music For Mixed Consort, Edited and Reconstructed by Warwick Edwards, 1977, Stainer and Bell, printed by Galliard (printers) LTD, Great Yarmouth, England.
The Life and Works of Philip Rosseter by John Jeffreys
Roberton Publication, 1990, The Windmill, Wendover, Aylesbury, HP22 6JJ.
Printed in Great Britain by Lavenham Press Ltd.
%% Encyclopedia Britannica site URL is;
http://www.britannica.com/seo/t/thomas-campion/
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