Two-Part Early Music Scores

Below are various scores for two voices (often unspecified in range) that are accessible for all experience levels as sight-reading or audiation exercises, and also as performance repertoire. These are valuable for teaching choir members to hold independent parts as they learn to sing complicated polyphony. IPA transliterations of alternate versions of English are included.

Canzonets for Two Voices by Thomas Morley (1595)

These canzonets (a sub-genre of the Renaissance madrigal that is usually light and whimsical in nature) are a great way to teach polyphonic singing to singers of all levels. Many are adaptable to various voicings, though each voice part often has a tessitura greater than an octave, so they may need modification for changing voices. I have included transposed versions of some to bring the range and tessitura to a more manageable range for younger singers. These are presented in order of difficulty (approximately!) and not in their original published order. All utilize modern notation in order to make these easier for young singers to read, though the meter sometimes changes based upon Morley's Renaissance compositional techniques.