Composition - - American Recorder Society
April Is In My Mistress' Face
By Thomas Morley (1557-1602)
 
S A T B
 
 
Thomas Morley’s delightful English madrigal, “April is in My Mistress’ Face” was so very clearly composed in the Northern hemisphere!  First published in 1594, this secular vocal  piece evokes the passing of the seasons to describe a lover’s whims: 
 
April is in my mistress' face, 
And July in her eyes hath place; 
Within her bosom is September, 
But in her heart a cold December

 
The mood of each section of Morley’s work shifts to accommodate the text, and your articulation should shift, too!  Enjoy the pleasant mix of homophony and polyphony as the four voices intertwine.  Arranged for SATB recorders at an intermediate level, this is one of the best known of Morley’s madrigals, and for good reason!
-- Anne Timberlake
 
 
Play-along files recorded by Anne Timberlake, supported by a grant from the Recorder Artist Relief Fund.

Listen to all parts
No soprano - you play soprano
No alto - you play alto
No tenor - you play tenor
No bass - you play bass
 
 
No. of Recorder Parts: 4
Difficulty: Moderate
Occasion: Any
Libraries: Play-alongs
Date Added: 11/10/2020
 
Style: Recorded Accompaniment, Renaissance/Baroque/Classical