This project funded by the Carnegie Trust aims to ‘breathe some life’ back into Scotland’s early lyrics from the period 1500-1700.

By examining both the text and the music of this period, we can interpret the ways in which these lyrics might have been written, performed and enjoyed. I have also made my own modern versions of several early lyrics alongside case studies which contextualise and analyse various aspects of the pieces.

The texts selected are all secular, vernacular lyrics, with the exception of ‘Away vaine warld’, which is a sacred adaptation of a contemporary English madrigal.

This project took place over 12 weeks as a Carnegie Trust Vacation Scholarship (May – August, 2019) by Roslyn Potter, a Scottish Literature researcher with a passion for music, at the University of Glasgow.

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