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Anonymous secular songs of the Renaissance

The MIDI currently played is Pie¶ń na ¶mierć Hieronima Łaskiego

Although we know quite a lot of sacred and instrumental early music, the number of survived secular Renaissance songs in Polish is pathetically small. Forget about madrigals (if there are any, they're reconstructed from incomplete tablatures). Most of the known pieces are occasional songs, funeral, wedding, politic or satiric ones, written in simple nota contra notam technique. Perhaps they aren't all masterpieces, but it's all we have.

(English titles quoted after Włodzimierz Sołtysik)

If you think that the titles are longer than the songs themselves, remember, that each one consisted of many strophes, 8 at least. Some have 40 strophes or more, and the song O królach polskich (About the Polish Kings) breaks an absolute record. It has 47 parts, one for each king, real or mystical, and each part takes 3 strophes, which makes 141 strophes in total. What a way to spend an evening singing & learning history...

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