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What if a Day, or a Month, or a Year

Campion, Thomas (1567-1620)

A beautiful English Renaissance song for Grade 1 guitar students!   

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Includes : One solo score (1 page)

Difficulty level : Grade 1/12

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Program Notes on What if a Day, or a Month, or a Year by Campion :

This beautiful song What if a Day, or a Month, or a Year was originally composed for the lute.

It is an English Renaissance song.

Authorship of this song is attributed to Thomas Campion.

The song What if a Day was pubished in Richard Alison's An Howres Recreation in Musicke in 1606.

It is also found in A. Gil's Logonomia anglica, first published in London in 1619.

The song's lyrics tell about the fleeting and impermanent nature of the human condition and urge us to make the most of our time in this world.

This song What if a Day, or a Month, or a Year is appropriate for Grade 1 guitar students.



Sources :

Thomas Campion, Miscellaneous Renaissance Songs




Associated collections :

Renaissance Music for Guitar (Easy)    

Sheet music details :

WHAT IF A DAY, OR A MONTH, OR A YEAR

(What if a Day or a Month or a Yeare)
ComposerCampion, Thomas (1567-1620) Opus/catalog numberRenaissance song
MovementsSong Composition/First publicationRenaissance
InstrumentationGuitar StyleRenaissance (1453-1600)
KeyA minor Duration01:25
EditionEdited by M.A. Caux - Fingerings by P.L. Thérien DifficultyGrade 1/12



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What if a Day, or a Month, or a Year

What if a day, or a month, or a yeare
Crown thy delights with a thousand sweet contentings?
Cannot a chance of a night or an howre
Crosse thy desires with as many sad tormentings?
Fortune, honor, beauty, youth
Are but blossoms dying;
Wanton pleasure, doating love,
Are but shadowes flying.
All our joyes are but toyes,
Idle thoughts deceiving;
None have power of an howre
In their lives bereaving.

Earthes but a point to the world, and a man
Is but a point to the worlds compared centure:
Shall then a point of a point be so vaine
As to triumph in a seely points adventure?
All is hassard that we have,
There is nothing biding;
Dayes of pleasure are like streames
Through faire meadowes gliding.
Weale and woe, time doth goe,
Time is ever turning:
Secret fates guide our states,
Both in mirth and mourning.


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