Compositions

For me, music is not the warm blanket, the quiet cows in the meadow. Nor is it some arcane sophistry, braying from the ivory tower. It is the mythic sword of flames. It is the mournful tolling bell, the impenetrable pitch of the black, blasted abyss. It is the soaring cold peaks and the mystical elven vale. It is lightning and sulphur, elation and sorrow, dark emerald and dungeon stone.

Writing medieval and fantasy-inspired music has been my passion for over 25 years. On this page, you’ll find examples of my works, and many free downloads. Sheet music and recording links for my original compositions, my Renaissance Dance arrangements and my transcriptions all are below. If you’re interested to discuss performance of these works, you can contact me.

Lay Le Frain

Compositions

Album – New Carols and Songs for Chaucer’s Pilgrims(Ordering available on this site – head to the online store)

Using authentic medieval English lyrics and all new music which I have written, this critically-acclaimed album contains thirteen of my most well-known and widely-performed compositions.

Around 600 medieval carol texts have survived, but only about 120 with their music. My compositions use some of the texts which survived from the time without their music, breathing new life into these beautiful, forgotten lyrics of the past. The music reflects the spirit of the medieval time in which the texts were written.

In the Middle Ages, carols covered broader territory than they do today and in this collection there are pieces covering many sides of medieval life, from love, death, politics and ale to the major religious festivals of Christmas and Easter. Works have been performed by choirs in the United

States, United Kingdom and Australia, and have been broadcast by the BBC in the UK and by the ABC in Australia.

Media about New Carols and Songs for Chaucer’s Pilgrims

The Weekend Australian – 4.5 starsABC 7.30 Report
The Canberra Times
Melomano Digital (in Spanish – English translation here)

 

 

Free downloads of sheet music – in medieval and modern English

All the sheet music from New Carols and Songs for Chaucer’s Pilgrims is available below for download, in medieval and modern English (translations by Peter Wilkin). Performers should freely arrange as they see fit, introducing instrumental and percussion parts, adding dynamic markings, transposing to suit available voices and utilising solo and chorus variations. I am very happy to discuss the performance of these pieces if you would like to contact me.

 

Sheet music (PDFs) Recording links
Virgo, Rosa Virginum

(Christmas Carol)

(Soprano I, Soprano II, Alto)

Medieval English
Version in modern translation
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Letabundus Exultet

(Christmas Carol)

(Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)

Medieval English
Version in modern translation
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Alleluia, Deo Patris Sit Gloria

(Christmas Carol)

(Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)

Medieval English
Version in modern translation
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Blyssid Be That Lady Bryght

(Christmas Carol)

(Soprano, Alto, Alto II/Tenor)

Medieval English
Version in modern translation
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Man Be Glad In Halle And Bour

(Christmas Carol)

(Soprano, Alto, Alto II/Tenor)

Medieval English
Version in modern translation
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Bryng Us Home Good Ale, Ser

(Carol of Ale)

(Tenor, Baritone, Bass)

Medieval English
Version in modern translation
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Nou Sprinkes The Sprai

(Carol of Spring)

(Soprano, Alto I, Alto II)

Medieval English
Version in modern translation
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Willikin’s Return

(Carol of Victory)

(Alto, Tenor, Bass)

Medieval English
Version in modern translation
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Wep No More For Me, Swet Hart

(Carol of Lost Love)

(Alto, Tenor, Bass)

Medieval English
Version in modern translation
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Lullay, Lullay Litel Child

(Lullaby Carol)

(Soprano, Alto, Tenor)

Medieval English
Version in modern translation
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I Pra You Sers, Al In Fere

(Carol of St Thomas a Becket)

(Alto, Tenor, Bass)

Medieval English
Version in modern translation
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Nowel, El, El, El, El

(Carol of Easter)

(Alto, Tenor, Bass)

Medieval English
Version in modern translation
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A Domusday We Schull Ysee

(Carol of Doomsday)

(Soprano I, II, Alto, Tenor I,II, Bass)

Medieval English
Version in modern translation
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Other original compositions for choirs and soloists

I have published a number of other secular and sacred works, in medieval English, modern English and Latin, including a prize-winning setting of Psalm 33 from the Middle English Wyclif Bible, professionally published by Wirripang. Sheet music for a selection of my works is available below for download, and some live performances are available on my youtube channel and below.

Performers should freely arrange as they see fit, introducing instrumental and percussion parts, adding dynamic markings, transposing to suit available voices and utilising solo and chorus variations. Many of the works are suited to female or male-voice ensembles. I am happy to discuss the performance of these pieces if you would like to contact me.

A second album of my compositions is currently under development, intended for release at the end of 2020 – with a working title of The New Bards’ Codex.

 

Secular works Sheet Music pdf/Midi files/Recordings
The World an Illusion
(Medieval English poem (excerpt))
(Soprano, Alto, Baritone, Drum, optional Recorders)
Sheet music
Listen: Midi file
A carol of St George
(Medieval English Carol, anon 15th C)
(Tenor, Baritone, Bass, optional Recorders)
Sheet music
Sheet music: Modern English translation
Listen: Midi file
Twilight on the Snow
(Words by Clark Ashton Smith (1893-1961))
(Soprano I, II, Alto)
Sheet music
Listen: Midi file

 

Sacred works Sheet Music pdf/Midi files/Recordings
Sancte Martyr Domini Olave
(From the Office of St Olaf, c. 1200,
Latin Icelandic text)
(Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Sheet music
Listen: Midi file
Recording (Live): Southwark Cathedral Choir
Ye Just Men Have Fulli Joye in the Lord
(Medieval English Wycliffe Bible (c.1450), Psalm 33)
(Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Sheet music
Listen: Midi file
Recording (live): Luminescence Chamber Singers
Wyclif Magnificat
(Medieval English Wycliffe Bible (c.1450))
(Soprano, Alto, Tenor)
Sheet music
Listen: Midi file
Recording: St James’ Church King Street Choir
Wyclif Nunc Dimittis
(Medieval English Wycliffe Bible (c.1450))
(Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Sheet music
Listen: Midi file
Recording: St James’ Church King Street Choir
A carol of St George

(Medieval English Carol, anon 15th C)

(Tenor, Baritone, Bass, optional Recorders)

Sheet music
Sheet music: Modern English translation
Listen: Midi file
Nu this fules singet
(Medieval English Christmas carol)
(Soprano, Alto, Tenor)
Sheet music
Listen: Midi file
Recording: St James’ Church King Street Choir
A child is boren
(Medieval English Christmas carol)
(Alto, Tenor, Bass)
Sheet music
Listen: Midi file
Synge We To The Lord

(Medieval English Wycliffe Bible (c.1450), Exodus)

(Soprano I, II, Alto I, II, Timbrel/Tambourine)

Sheet music
Listen: Midi file
Sodenly Afraide

(Medieval English Carol of Mary, anon 15th C)

(Soprano I, II, Alto)

Sheet music
Listen: Midi file
I saw our Lord as a Lord in his owne hous

(Medieval vision of Julian of Norwich, 

Revelations of Divine Love, 1373)

(Soprano, Alto)

Sheet music
Jhesu of His Moder Was Born

(Medieval English Carol of Easter, anon 15th C)

(Soprano I, II, Alto)

Sheet music
Veni Sancte Spiritus

(Words by Stephen Langton, c.1160-1228, Latin)

(Tenor, Baritone, Bass)

Sheet music
Listen: Midi file

 

 

Renaissance Dance arrangements

Many surviving Renaissance and Medieval dances have reached us with just a single line of music. I have arranged over fifty such dances for multiple parts. My arrangements have been published in Del’s Dance Book, often under my pseudonym Geoffrey of Exeter (which I use in the Society of Creative Anachronism).

I’ve also published them below – all of the arrangements are free use for non-profit. If you’d like to use them as part of a profit-making endeavour, contact me and we can discuss.

English Country Dance (Playford)

Sheet Music Sound  Sheet Music in Source File 
Argeers PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Chestnut PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Cuckolds All A Row PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Dargason PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Dissembling Love PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Dull Sir John PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Fine Companion PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Gathering Peascods PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Glory of the West PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Goddesses PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Merry, Merry Milkmaids PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Newcastle PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Parson’s Farewell PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Picking of Sticks (Lavena/Half Hannikin) PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Rufty Tufty PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Staines Morris PDF MIDI Sibelius (SIB)
Upon A Summer’s Day PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Wherligig PDF

PDF

MIDI

MIDI

Noteworthy (NWC)

Noteworthy (NWC)

 

 

Dances from France and Burgundy (Bransles)

Sheet Music Sound  Sheet Music in Source File 
Mimed Bransle 1 – Washerwoman’s PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Mimed Bransle 2 – Pease PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Mimed Bransle 3 – Hermit’s PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Mimed Bransle 4 – Shoes PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Mimed Bransle 5 – Horses PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Cut Bransle 1 – Cassandra PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Cut Bransle 2 – Pinagay PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Cut Bransle 3 – Charlotte PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Cut Bransle 4 – La Guerre PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Cut Bransle 5 – Aridan PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Burgundian Bransle PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Double Bransle PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Gay Bransle (Bransle Gai) PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Hay Bransle PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Official Bransle PDF

(With descant: PDF)

MIDI

(With descant: MIDI)

Noteworthy (NWC)

(With descant: NWC)

Single Bransle PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Trihory of Brittany Bransle PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)

 

 

Other medieval and Renaissance dances

Sheet Music Sound  Sheet Music in Source File 
Court Set – Belle Qui Tiens Ma Vie

(with optional descant)

PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Court Set – Tourdion PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Court Set – Jouyssance Vous Donneray PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Bizzaria D’Amore PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Black Allemande PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Buffens PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Contentezza D’Amore PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Cuncti Simus Concanentes PDF MIDI Sibelius (SIB)
Danse De Cleves PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Esperans PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Gavotte PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Gelosia PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
La Fiamma D’Amore PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Passo E Mezzo PDF MIDI Sibelius (SIB)
Saltarello La Regina PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Spagnoletta PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Spagnoletto PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)
Villanella PDF MIDI Noteworthy (NWC)