“The Shepheardes Calender — Aprill”

Albumleaf 160: April 4, 2019 (Bologna)

To demonstrate the absent Colin’s skill in song, Hobbinol, who loves him, sings Collin’s lay for Eliza, the queen of shepherds.

ANTEPRIMA: Novembre

With English subtitles

PREVIEW: Julye

Con sottotitoli in italiano

“The Shepheardes Calender — March”

Albumleaf 159: March 6, 2019 (Bologna)

Thomalin explains to Willye how he knows that Cupid is afoot, even though the spring has not quite arrived.

“La marionetta goffa”

Albumleaf 158: February 21, 2019 (Bologna)

“The Awkward Marionette”


“The Shepheardes Calender — Februarie”

Albumleaf 157: February 12, 2019 (Bologna)

Cuddie, a herdsman’s boy, and Thenot, an old shepherd, argue the merits of youth and old age in coping with the winter cold.

“Tourdion Rendition”

Albumleaf 156: January 30, 2019 (Bologna)

Based on the medieval French drinking song.

“Toss-Off”

Albumleaf 155: January 18, 2019 (Bologna)

Just swishing out between bigger ‘leaves.

“Loe I have made a Calender . . .”

Loe I haue made a Calender for euery yeare . .
And if I marked well the starres reuolution,
It shall continewe till the worlds dissolution . . .
Goe lyttle Calender, thou hast a free passeporte,
Goe but a lowly gate emongste the meaner sorte.
Dare not to match thy pype with Tityrus his style,
Nor with the Pilgrim that the Ploughman playde a whyle:
But followe them farre off, and their high steppes adore,
The better please, the worse despise, I aske nomore.



“The Shepheardes Calender — Januarye”

Albumleaf 154: January 3, 2019 (Bologna)

Colin, a shepherd’s boy, bemoans his unrequited love for Rosalind and likens his state to the barren season around him.  Bereft of hope, he breaks his pipe in pieces.