Music Passion

Sarah Potter Writes

My summer music passion is for the English medieval song “Sumer is icumen in“, written by an anonymous composer in c1240 (although sometimes attributed to William de Wycombe). In this live recording by Lumina Vocal Ensemble, they experiment with an 8-part round on top. The normal form is to place a 4-part round on top, with a 2-part round underneath.

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Thanks to for this month’s chosen song theme of summer.

And here are the song’s lyrics as sung in Medieval times, followed by a translation into modern English.

Middle English

Sumer is icumen in,
Lhude sing cuccu!
Groweþ sed and bloweþ med

And springþ þe wde nu,
Sing cuccu!
Awe bleteþ after lomb,
Lhouþ after calue cu.
Bulluc sterteþ, bucke uerteþ,
Murie sing cuccu!
Cuccu, cuccu, wel singes þu cuccu;

Ne swik þu nauer nu.

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