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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The theatre archives reveal: "As the Hippodrome orchestra struck up the Cuckoo Song, they made their entrance to tumultuous applause.
The duo's signature tune, which is known variously as "The Cuckoo Song", "Ku-Ku" or "The Dance of the Cuckoos", was played over the opening credits of their films and has become as emblematic of the duo as their bowler hats.
(27) Moore finds in the cuckoo song "the eternal note of spring." A contrary argument, I believe, is superior in this case: the concept of summer drives the joyous language toward an imitation of the reverdie in the "Summer Canon" and in the opening of The Thrush and the Nightingale, "Somer is comen wip loue to toune." As Roscow says of the "Summer Canon," "the picture is not of tender renewal in early spring, but of vigorous growth in early summer amidst the cacophony of ewes bleating, cows lowing, and goats breaking wind." Summer is the season of Cancer, Leo, and Virgo, and its qualities, as Bartholomaeus Anglicus explains, are hot and dry.
The Clown Lavache served as a chorus in many scenes in which he is not present in most productions, so that his blunt sexuality became an important factor in interpreting the action of the play; but he also sang various songs, such as the Cuckoo song from Love's Labour's Lost, with verve and point.