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Thread #146197   Message #3384427
Posted By: Haruo
31-Jul-12 - 11:16 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Heigh ho, nobody home / Ravenscroft?
Subject: Origins: Heigh ho, nobody home / Ravenscroft?
I was just looking through (indexing, actually) a small hymnal supplement, Sing and Rejoice (Orlando Schmidt, ed.), published by the Seventh Day Adventists in 1979, and stumbled across a four-part, three-stanza round entitled "Jesus, Jesus", the music of which bears a close resemblance to "Heigh ho, nobody home". They attribute the words to "Alf Siemens and Tom Graff", and the music to "T. Ravenscroft, 1635". I've looked at the various threads here on "Heigh ho, nobody home", and haven't found any reference to Ravenscroft as either composer or (more likely) collector/editor of the tune. And Ravenscroft died in 1635; his publications that are likely to contain such a tune appeared in 1609 and 1611.

Haruo