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Fine Knacks for Ladies

Classical/Madrigal • 2011 • Lyricist: John Dowland
 
 
   
 

For men's voices

Title by uploader: Fine knacks for Ladies – arranged for men's voices


9.00 USD

ZIP, 45.4 Kb ID: SM-000079243 Upload date: 01 Oct 2011
Instrumentation
Contralto, Countertenor, Tenor, Baritone, Bass, Voice
Scored for
Quartet
Type of score
Full score
Key
D major
Arranger
David W Solomons
Publisher
David W Solomons
Language
English
Difficulty
Medium
Duration
2'30
Arrangement in D major of the madrigal Fine Knacks for Ladies. This version can be sung by four men Alto Tenor Baritone and Bass (the second voice can be taken by a second alto and the third voice can be taken by a low tenor if required).
This is the transposition used by the King's Singers, but (to avoid copyright on the performance) you can hear me sing it here in my one-man choir.

The zip file contains versions for AATB and ATTB (this can also be used for ATBarB).
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For flute quartet (with variations)

Title by uploader: Fine knacks for ladies (with variations) - for flute quartet


10.00 USD

PDF, 387.6 Kb ID: SM-000353054 Upload date: 09 Apr 2019
Instrumentation
Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute
Scored for
Quartet
Type of score
Full score, Parts
Arranger
David W Solomons
Publisher
David W Solomons
Difficulty
Medium
Year of composition
2019
Genre
Classical/Instrumental
Instrumental arrangement of John Dowland's famous song (with variations for verses 2 and 3 with various instruments taking the main melody).

The pdf file contains score and parts
The sound sample is an electronic preview

Interpretation

My theory regarding the meaning behind the words of Dowland's "Fine Knacks for Ladies"

The singer is in fact a would-be lover but he puts on the persona of a tinker or pedlar (ie a street trader)
and shows his lady his love as if he were selling her his wares
Fine knacks for ladies, cheap, choice, brave and new, -
excellent trinkets for ladies (my love is represented by these)
Good pennyworths but money cannot move, - they would actually cost quite a lot
but I know that money cannot buy you love (hey the Beatles pinched that one!)
I keep a fair but for the fair to view,
I have a stall in a market (or fair)
but my goods (ie love) are only for the beautiful (fair) to see

A beggar may be liberal of love.
I may be a beggar but I can give my love away free!
Though all my wares be trash, the heart is true.
These tinker's trinkets are rubbish but my love is loyal
Great gifts are guiles and look for gifts again,
You may get expensive gifts from richer suitors,
but such generosity only gives rise to greed
My trifles come as treasures from my mind,
accept my trinkets, they are precious and
their value is purely spiritual love
It is a precious jewel to be plain,
The jewels of others are mere tawdriness,
my jewels are plain but all the more valuable because they come from true love
Sometimes in shell the Orient's pearls we find.
Effectively the same meaning as previous line
(referring to the roughness of the oyster's shell and the beautiful pearl within!
Of others take a sheaf, of me a grain.
You may get riches from other suitors, but what you'll get
from me is not much materially (but lots in love)
Within this pack pins, points, laces and gloves,
And diverse toys fitting a country fair,
back to the tinker motif...
(and by the way, be sure to sing the first line staccato in this verse!)
But in my heart, where duty serves and loves,
Turtles and twins, Court's brood, a heav'nly pair.
Now this is the most difficult couplet because I don't recall who the courtly twins were:
some people at the court of queen Elizabeth I, I expect,
or possibly someone at court was born under the sign of Gemini and is being referred to slyly in the song?.
Turtles are of course turtledoves, which represent love because they coo so much!
Happy the man that thinks of no removes.
Similar to Voltaire's "cultivons notre jardin" -
let us be happy where we are and not concern ourselves with going to,
and winning favour at, the Royal Court.
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For clarinet quartet (with variations)

Title by uploader: Fine knacks for ladies (with variations) - for clarinet quartet


10.00 USD

PDF, 396.1 Kb ID: SM-000353194 Upload date: 13 Apr 2019
Instrumentation
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Scored for
Quartet
Type of score
Full score, Parts
Arranger
David W Solomons
Publisher
David W Solomons
Difficulty
Medium
Year of composition
2019
Genre
Classical/Instrumental
Instrumental arrangement of John Dowland's famous song (with variations for verses 2 and 3 with various instruments taking the main melody).

The pdf file contains score and parts
The sound sample is an electronic preview

Interpretation

My theory regarding the meaning behind the words of Dowland's "Fine Knacks for Ladies"

The singer is in fact a would-be lover but he puts on the persona of a tinker or pedlar (ie a street trader)
and shows his lady his love as if he were selling her his wares
Fine knacks for ladies, cheap, choice, brave and new, -
excellent trinkets for ladies (my love is represented by these)
Good pennyworths but money cannot move, - they would actually cost quite a lot
but I know that money cannot buy you love (hey the Beatles pinched that one!)
I keep a fair but for the fair to view,
I have a stall in a market (or fair)
but my goods (ie love) are only for the beautiful (fair) to see

A beggar may be liberal of love.
I may be a beggar but I can give my love away free!
Though all my wares be trash, the heart is true.
These tinker's trinkets are rubbish but my love is loyal
Great gifts are guiles and look for gifts again,
You may get expensive gifts from richer suitors,
but such generosity only gives rise to greed
My trifles come as treasures from my mind,
accept my trinkets, they are precious and
their value is purely spiritual love
It is a precious jewel to be plain,
The jewels of others are mere tawdriness,
my jewels are plain but all the more valuable because they come from true love
Sometimes in shell the Orient's pearls we find.
Effectively the same meaning as previous line
(referring to the roughness of the oyster's shell and the beautiful pearl within!
Of others take a sheaf, of me a grain.
You may get riches from other suitors, but what you'll get
from me is not much materially (but lots in love)
Within this pack pins, points, laces and gloves,
And diverse toys fitting a country fair,
back to the tinker motif...
(and by the way, be sure to sing the first line staccato in this verse!)
But in my heart, where duty serves and loves,
Turtles and twins, Court's brood, a heav'nly pair.
Now this is the most difficult couplet because I don't recall who the courtly twins were:
some people at the court of queen Elizabeth I, I expect,
or possibly someone at court was born under the sign of Gemini and is being referred to slyly in the song?.
Turtles are of course turtledoves, which represent love because they coo so much!
Happy the man that thinks of no removes.
Similar to Voltaire's "cultivons notre jardin" -
let us be happy where we are and not concern ourselves with going to,
and winning favour at, the Royal Court.
  • Comments

For brass quartet (with variations)

Title by uploader: Fine knacks for ladies (with variations) - for brass quartet


10.00 USD

PDF, 394.4 Kb ID: SM-000353193 Upload date: 13 Apr 2019
Instrumentation
Trombone tenor, Horn, Trumpet, Tuba
Scored for
Quartet
Type of score
Full score, Parts
Arranger
David W Solomons
Publisher
David W Solomons
Difficulty
Medium
Year of composition
2019
Genre
Classical/Instrumental
Instrumental arrangement of John Dowland's famous song (with variations for verses 2 and 3 with various instruments taking the main melody).

The pdf file contains score and parts
The sound sample is an electronic preview

Interpretation

My theory regarding the meaning behind the words of Dowland's "Fine Knacks for Ladies"

The singer is in fact a would-be lover but he puts on the persona of a tinker or pedlar (ie a street trader)
and shows his lady his love as if he were selling her his wares
Fine knacks for ladies, cheap, choice, brave and new, -
excellent trinkets for ladies (my love is represented by these)
Good pennyworths but money cannot move, - they would actually cost quite a lot
but I know that money cannot buy you love (hey the Beatles pinched that one!)
I keep a fair but for the fair to view,
I have a stall in a market (or fair)
but my goods (ie love) are only for the beautiful (fair) to see

A beggar may be liberal of love.
I may be a beggar but I can give my love away free!
Though all my wares be trash, the heart is true.
These tinker's trinkets are rubbish but my love is loyal
Great gifts are guiles and look for gifts again,
You may get expensive gifts from richer suitors,
but such generosity only gives rise to greed
My trifles come as treasures from my mind,
accept my trinkets, they are precious and
their value is purely spiritual love
It is a precious jewel to be plain,
The jewels of others are mere tawdriness,
my jewels are plain but all the more valuable because they come from true love
Sometimes in shell the Orient's pearls we find.
Effectively the same meaning as previous line
(referring to the roughness of the oyster's shell and the beautiful pearl within!
Of others take a sheaf, of me a grain.
You may get riches from other suitors, but what you'll get
from me is not much materially (but lots in love)
Within this pack pins, points, laces and gloves,
And diverse toys fitting a country fair,
back to the tinker motif...
(and by the way, be sure to sing the first line staccato in this verse!)
But in my heart, where duty serves and loves,
Turtles and twins, Court's brood, a heav'nly pair.
Now this is the most difficult couplet because I don't recall who the courtly twins were:
some people at the court of queen Elizabeth I, I expect,
or possibly someone at court was born under the sign of Gemini and is being referred to slyly in the song?.
Turtles are of course turtledoves, which represent love because they coo so much!
Happy the man that thinks of no removes.
Similar to Voltaire's "cultivons notre jardin" -
let us be happy where we are and not concern ourselves with going to,
and winning favour at, the Royal Court.
  • Comments

For recorder quartet (with variations)

Title by uploader: Fine knacks for ladies (with variations) - for recorder quartet


10.00 USD

PDF, 387.3 Kb ID: SM-000353197 Upload date: 13 Apr 2019
Instrumentation
Tenor Recorder, Soprano Recorder, Alto Recorder, Bass Recorder
Scored for
Quartet
Type of score
Full score, Parts
Arranger
David W Solomons
Publisher
David W Solomons
Difficulty
Medium
Year of composition
2019
Genre
Classical/Instrumental
Instrumental arrangement of John Dowland's famous song (with variations for verses 2 and 3 with various instruments taking the main melody).

The pdf file contains score and parts
The sound sample is an electronic preview

Interpretation

My theory regarding the meaning behind the words of Dowland's "Fine Knacks for Ladies"

The singer is in fact a would-be lover but he puts on the persona of a tinker or pedlar (ie a street trader)
and shows his lady his love as if he were selling her his wares
Fine knacks for ladies, cheap, choice, brave and new, -
excellent trinkets for ladies (my love is represented by these)
Good pennyworths but money cannot move, - they would actually cost quite a lot
but I know that money cannot buy you love (hey the Beatles pinched that one!)
I keep a fair but for the fair to view,
I have a stall in a market (or fair)
but my goods (ie love) are only for the beautiful (fair) to see

A beggar may be liberal of love.
I may be a beggar but I can give my love away free!
Though all my wares be trash, the heart is true.
These tinker's trinkets are rubbish but my love is loyal
Great gifts are guiles and look for gifts again,
You may get expensive gifts from richer suitors,
but such generosity only gives rise to greed
My trifles come as treasures from my mind,
accept my trinkets, they are precious and
their value is purely spiritual love
It is a precious jewel to be plain,
The jewels of others are mere tawdriness,
my jewels are plain but all the more valuable because they come from true love
Sometimes in shell the Orient's pearls we find.
Effectively the same meaning as previous line
(referring to the roughness of the oyster's shell and the beautiful pearl within!
Of others take a sheaf, of me a grain.
You may get riches from other suitors, but what you'll get
from me is not much materially (but lots in love)
Within this pack pins, points, laces and gloves,
And diverse toys fitting a country fair,
back to the tinker motif...
(and by the way, be sure to sing the first line staccato in this verse!)
But in my heart, where duty serves and loves,
Turtles and twins, Court's brood, a heav'nly pair.
Now this is the most difficult couplet because I don't recall who the courtly twins were:
some people at the court of queen Elizabeth I, I expect,
or possibly someone at court was born under the sign of Gemini and is being referred to slyly in the song?.
Turtles are of course turtledoves, which represent love because they coo so much!
Happy the man that thinks of no removes.
Similar to Voltaire's "cultivons notre jardin" -
let us be happy where we are and not concern ourselves with going to,
and winning favour at, the Royal Court.
  • Comments

For wind quartet (with variations)

Title by uploader: Fine knacks for ladies (with variations) - for wind quartet


10.00 USD

PDF, 406.7 Kb ID: SM-000353561 Upload date: 16 Apr 2019
Instrumentation
Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Oboe
Scored for
Quartet
Type of score
Full score, Parts
Arranger
David W Solomons
Publisher
David W Solomons
Difficulty
Medium
Year of composition
2019
Genre
Classical/Instrumental
Instrumental arrangement of John Dowland's famous song (with variations for verses 2 and 3 with various instruments taking the main melody).

The pdf file contains score and parts
The sound sample is an electronic preview

Interpretation

My theory regarding the meaning behind the words of Dowland's "Fine Knacks for Ladies"

The singer is in fact a would-be lover but he puts on the persona of a tinker or pedlar (ie a street trader)
and shows his lady his love as if he were selling her his wares
Fine knacks for ladies, cheap, choice, brave and new, -
excellent trinkets for ladies (my love is represented by these)
Good pennyworths but money cannot move, - they would actually cost quite a lot
but I know that money cannot buy you love (hey the Beatles pinched that one!)
I keep a fair but for the fair to view,
I have a stall in a market (or fair)
but my goods (ie love) are only for the beautiful (fair) to see

A beggar may be liberal of love.
I may be a beggar but I can give my love away free!
Though all my wares be trash, the heart is true.
These tinker's trinkets are rubbish but my love is loyal
Great gifts are guiles and look for gifts again,
You may get expensive gifts from richer suitors,
but such generosity only gives rise to greed
My trifles come as treasures from my mind,
accept my trinkets, they are precious and
their value is purely spiritual love
It is a precious jewel to be plain,
The jewels of others are mere tawdriness,
my jewels are plain but all the more valuable because they come from true love
Sometimes in shell the Orient's pearls we find.
Effectively the same meaning as previous line
(referring to the roughness of the oyster's shell and the beautiful pearl within!
Of others take a sheaf, of me a grain.
You may get riches from other suitors, but what you'll get
from me is not much materially (but lots in love)
Within this pack pins, points, laces and gloves,
And diverse toys fitting a country fair,
back to the tinker motif...
(and by the way, be sure to sing the first line staccato in this verse!)
But in my heart, where duty serves and loves,
Turtles and twins, Court's brood, a heav'nly pair.
Now this is the most difficult couplet because I don't recall who the courtly twins were:
some people at the court of queen Elizabeth I, I expect,
or possibly someone at court was born under the sign of Gemini and is being referred to slyly in the song?.
Turtles are of course turtledoves, which represent love because they coo so much!
Happy the man that thinks of no removes.
Similar to Voltaire's "cultivons notre jardin" -
let us be happy where we are and not concern ourselves with going to,
and winning favour at, the Royal Court.
  • Comments

For saxophone quartet (with variations)

Title by uploader: Fine knacks for ladies (with variations) - for saxophone quartet


10.00 USD

PDF, 378.1 Kb ID: SM-000353552 Upload date: 16 Apr 2019
Instrumentation
Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Scored for
Quartet
Type of score
Full score, Parts
Arranger
David W Solomons
Publisher
David W Solomons
Difficulty
Medium
Year of composition
2019
Genre
Classical/Instrumental
Instrumental arrangement of John Dowland's famous song (with variations for verses 2 and 3 with various instruments taking the main melody).

The pdf file contains score and parts
The sound sample is an electronic preview

Interpretation

My theory regarding the meaning behind the words of Dowland's "Fine Knacks for Ladies"

The singer is in fact a would-be lover but he puts on the persona of a tinker or pedlar (ie a street trader)
and shows his lady his love as if he were selling her his wares
Fine knacks for ladies, cheap, choice, brave and new, -
excellent trinkets for ladies (my love is represented by these)
Good pennyworths but money cannot move, - they would actually cost quite a lot
but I know that money cannot buy you love (hey the Beatles pinched that one!)
I keep a fair but for the fair to view,
I have a stall in a market (or fair)
but my goods (ie love) are only for the beautiful (fair) to see

A beggar may be liberal of love.
I may be a beggar but I can give my love away free!
Though all my wares be trash, the heart is true.
These tinker's trinkets are rubbish but my love is loyal
Great gifts are guiles and look for gifts again,
You may get expensive gifts from richer suitors,
but such generosity only gives rise to greed
My trifles come as treasures from my mind,
accept my trinkets, they are precious and
their value is purely spiritual love
It is a precious jewel to be plain,
The jewels of others are mere tawdriness,
my jewels are plain but all the more valuable because they come from true love
Sometimes in shell the Orient's pearls we find.
Effectively the same meaning as previous line
(referring to the roughness of the oyster's shell and the beautiful pearl within!
Of others take a sheaf, of me a grain.
You may get riches from other suitors, but what you'll get
from me is not much materially (but lots in love)
Within this pack pins, points, laces and gloves,
And diverse toys fitting a country fair,
back to the tinker motif...
(and by the way, be sure to sing the first line staccato in this verse!)
But in my heart, where duty serves and loves,
Turtles and twins, Court's brood, a heav'nly pair.
Now this is the most difficult couplet because I don't recall who the courtly twins were:
some people at the court of queen Elizabeth I, I expect,
or possibly someone at court was born under the sign of Gemini and is being referred to slyly in the song?.
Turtles are of course turtledoves, which represent love because they coo so much!
Happy the man that thinks of no removes.
Similar to Voltaire's "cultivons notre jardin" -
let us be happy where we are and not concern ourselves with going to,
and winning favour at, the Royal Court.
  • Comments

For string quartet (with variations)

Title by uploader: Fine knacks for ladies (with variations) - for string quartet


10.00 USD

PDF, 404.0 Kb ID: SM-000353567 Upload date: 17 Apr 2019
Instrumentation
Violin, Viola, Cello
Scored for
Quartet
Type of score
Full score, Parts
Arranger
David W Solomons
Publisher
David W Solomons
Difficulty
Medium
Year of composition
2019
Genre
Classical/Instrumental
Instrumental arrangement of John Dowland's famous song (with variations for verses 2 and 3 with various instruments taking the main melody).

The pdf file contains score and parts
The sound sample is an electronic preview

Interpretation

My theory regarding the meaning behind the words of Dowland's "Fine Knacks for Ladies"

The singer is in fact a would-be lover but he puts on the persona of a tinker or pedlar (ie a street trader)
and shows his lady his love as if he were selling her his wares
Fine knacks for ladies, cheap, choice, brave and new, -
excellent trinkets for ladies (my love is represented by these)
Good pennyworths but money cannot move, - they would actually cost quite a lot
but I know that money cannot buy you love (hey the Beatles pinched that one!)
I keep a fair but for the fair to view,
I have a stall in a market (or fair)
but my goods (ie love) are only for the beautiful (fair) to see

A beggar may be liberal of love.
I may be a beggar but I can give my love away free!
Though all my wares be trash, the heart is true.
These tinker's trinkets are rubbish but my love is loyal
Great gifts are guiles and look for gifts again,
You may get expensive gifts from richer suitors,
but such generosity only gives rise to greed
My trifles come as treasures from my mind,
accept my trinkets, they are precious and
their value is purely spiritual love
It is a precious jewel to be plain,
The jewels of others are mere tawdriness,
my jewels are plain but all the more valuable because they come from true love
Sometimes in shell the Orient's pearls we find.
Effectively the same meaning as previous line
(referring to the roughness of the oyster's shell and the beautiful pearl within!
Of others take a sheaf, of me a grain.
You may get riches from other suitors, but what you'll get
from me is not much materially (but lots in love)
Within this pack pins, points, laces and gloves,
And diverse toys fitting a country fair,
back to the tinker motif...
(and by the way, be sure to sing the first line staccato in this verse!)
But in my heart, where duty serves and loves,
Turtles and twins, Court's brood, a heav'nly pair.
Now this is the most difficult couplet because I don't recall who the courtly twins were:
some people at the court of queen Elizabeth I, I expect,
or possibly someone at court was born under the sign of Gemini and is being referred to slyly in the song?.
Turtles are of course turtledoves, which represent love because they coo so much!
Happy the man that thinks of no removes.
Similar to Voltaire's "cultivons notre jardin" -
let us be happy where we are and not concern ourselves with going to,
and winning favour at, the Royal Court.
  • Comments

For guitar

Printable sheet music file • 7 pages, ID: SM-000150591
2.99
 
USD
Instrumentation
Classical guitar
Type of score
Tablature
Arranger
Sting, Edin Karamazov
Genre
Classical
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For male choir

Will be available soon
Printable sheet music file • 28 pages, ID: SM-000207977
2.99
 
USD
Instrumentation
Male choir
Arranger
Philip Lawson
Genre
Pop
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