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Thread #44136 Message #652719
Posted By: GUEST,JohnB
18-Feb-02 - 12:21 PM
Thread Name: English Folk: Harmony Singing
Subject: RE: English Folk: Harmony Singing
The Oldest written down English secular song is "Summer is a Cummin in" from the 13th Century it is actually a round. So the harmony is generated by the staggered repetion of the same line, plus in this case a bass part. Most of the early "Secular" music was not written down but I doubt that this was the only song of the time with "English Harmony" in it. Just a thought, JohnB.