Sumer Is Icumen In

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Sumer Is Icumen In

(so͝om`ər ĭs ēko͝om`ən ĭn) [M.E.,=summer has (literally: is) come in], an English rota or round composed c.1250. It is the earliest extant example of canon, of six part music, and of ground bass. Four tenor voices are in canon and two bass voices sing the pes, or ground, also in canon. The secular text is in Wessex dialect, and in the same manuscript source, from Reading Abbey in England, is a Latin text to adapt the tune for church use. The attribution to the monk John of Fornsete, who kept the records of Reading Abbey, is no longer credited.
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While there are no studies to date on cuckoo song learning, social experiences early in development have been shown to influence juvenile vocal behaviors in cowbirds (White et al.
No matter the season Spring or Fall, That cuckoo won't miss singing its Hourly cuckoo song.
THANK you to your correspondents I Clark and P R Howard for their response to Mr P Leonard's dismissal of my joy at hearing the cuckoo song in my father's garden - for the first (and perhaps only) time in my life.
Unlike the distinct bisyllabic calls that herald the spring, incessant cuckoo song is a seasonal marker of summer - a song of very different omen.