T: Sellenger's Round
G3 G>AB | c3 c>de | d2c B>AB |1 c6 :|2 c5 |
|: d | e3 e>dc | d3 d2d | B>cd d>cB | A3 d2B |
c>dc B2G | A>Bc B2G | A2G ^FEF | G3-G2 :|
There are 2 recordings of this tune.
Sellenger's Round has been added to 5 tunebooks.
This is in Playford’s "Dancing Master" and we play it in sessions as an English tune but I was recently reading "Origin of the Playford Dances", researched by Lady Jane Mitford and discovered that according to Sir John Hawkins it was one of the earliest rounds played in England: “which Sir Anthony St. Leger saw danced in Ireland, in 1540, and which, on retiring from the Viceroyalty in 1548, he brought back with him to England, where its popularity was so great that it was arranged by the famous master William Byrd", St Leger (presumably pronounced Sellenger) gave his name to the tune he had collected.
I have a songbook with renaissance music for recorder and there they wrote William Byrd under the title. Was he the first one who published it ?
William Byrd composed variations on it for virginals. They are in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book.