Music Monday: My Lady Carey’s Dompe 1520s

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Coming forward in time, I was reading around in the 1400s & 1500s (noticing some of the composers that died in the plague) and discovered another interesting little piece: My Lady Carey’s Dompe (a lament or dirge), a traditional English dance tune. Written for a harpsichord and, possibly, a lute, the composer remains unknown, though suggested attribution is Hugh Aston and, the specific date is questionable. It could be 1525 or, 1528 if the song was, indeed, composed for the death of William Carey, a courtier in the service of Henry VIII. Lady Carey could refer to his wife Mary Boleyn, a mistress to Henry and sister to Anne Boleyn but, could also refer to his mother, sisters or his sister-in-law.

In any case, the song is lovely and, catchy. Enjoy.

My Lady Carey’s Dompe
1520s in Music
Allmusic Write-Up
The Anne Boleyn Files
Sheet Music
British Library (Record of the Composition)
Internet Archive (History of Keyboard Composition)

“One of the earliest surviving keyboard pieces we have…”

8 thoughts on “Music Monday: My Lady Carey’s Dompe 1520s

    badfinger20 said:
    February 25, 2020 at 11:55 AM

    First I have an obsession with the harpsichord. I’ve heard bands use it to colour songs.
    The piece is a moving piece of music. I like it a lot. I like how in the middle it takes off to a more intricate section.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      February 25, 2020 at 1:44 PM

      Everytime I hear one, I always think of Lurch. 😄

      I was mesmerized by the lady’s handiwork…the dexterity is fascinating.

      As soon as I heard this, I was in love. I am drawn to texture and layers in music.

      If this is a death piece, perhaps it is in the vein of New Orleans wakes…sans jazz.

        badfinger20 said:
        February 28, 2020 at 10:17 AM

        I didn’t get this reply in my panel for some reason… I think of Lurch also!

        I hate to say it but it would make a great melody for a pop song…it really would…
        Off topic question… you keep up with all of this stuff…what the hell is AMP on WordPress?

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          February 28, 2020 at 4:00 PM

          I’ve had replies to me not show up in the panel, either. I always check my comments section in my Admin. because I’m always cleaning out SPAM & Trash. The Reader can be hinky…on the phone and on a PC/Laptop.

          I’ve been trying to figure AMP out. I do know that, when I compose a post and preview what I’ve done, the preview page has the AMP symbol at the top left. When I click on it, it shows my post kinda like the Reader. Considering WP is pushing us to use the block editor, AMP may be attached to that so that, ultimately, the Reader may change its structure in the future. But, that is just a guess. It’s no coincidence to me that the AMP page reads/looks/feels like the Reader we have now.

            badfinger20 said:
            February 28, 2020 at 4:12 PM

            The AMP I saw last year but now I have an icon for it. I would have people clicking on it in amp and showing me in stats when they clicked in it.
            Yes it might be the future. I thought it was a different site last year.

            This morning WP gave me problems…you will see on my Cars post…it would say it was posted but it would not show in reader…I copy and paste and new one and change the title to The Cars-Drive 1984.

              The Hinoeuma responded:
              February 28, 2020 at 7:38 PM

              Aaannnddd…THIS comment didn’t show up in my panel. I saw this in my Admin.

              They are screwing with the programming and it is throwing errors. Everyday, I read about someone battling WP. Some bloggers have actually left because of it.

    JT Twissel said:
    February 25, 2020 at 4:59 PM

    Love the harpsichord! Most interesting

    bereavedandbeingasingleparent said:
    February 25, 2020 at 5:28 PM

    This is so atmospheric.

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