June 28, 2013

Elisabeth Pawelke sings Pastime with Good Company (with Fiona)

"Pastime with Good Company", also known as "The King's Ballad" ("The Kynges Balade"), is an English folk song written by King Henry VIII in the beginning of the 16th century, shortly after his coronation. It is regarded as the most famous of his compositions, and it became a popular song in England and other European countries during the Renaissance. It is thought to be written for Catherine of Aragon."
Henry VIII (28 June 1491 – 28 January 1547) was king of England from 21 April 1509 until his death.
Henry cultivated the image of a Renaissance man, and his court was a centre of scholarly and artistic innovation and glamorous excess, epitomised by the Field of the Cloth of Gold. He scouted the country for choirboys, taking some directly from Wolsey's choir, and introduced Renaissance music into court. Musicians included Benedict de Opitiis, Richard Sampson, Ambrose Lupo, and Venetian organist Dionisio Memo. Henry himself kept a considerable collection of instruments; he was skilled on the lute, could play the organ, and was a talented player of the virginals.[146] He could also sight read music and sing well.[146] He was an accomplished musician, author, and poet; his best known piece of music is "Pastime with Good Company" ("The Kynges Ballade"). He is often reputed to have written "Greensleeves" but probably did not. He was an avid gambler and dice player, and excelled at sports, especially jousting, hunting, and real tennis. He was known for his strong defence of conventional Christian piety. The King was involved in the original construction and improvement of several significant buildings, including Nonsuch Palace, King's College Chapel, Cambridge and Westminster Abbey in London. Many of the existing buildings Henry improved were properties confiscated from Wolsey, such as Christ Church, Oxford; Hampton Court Palace; the Palace of Whitehall; and Trinity College, Cambridge.

Henry was an intellectual. The first English king with a modern humanist education, he read and wrote English, French, Latin and was thoroughly at home in his well-stocked library. He personally annotated many books and wrote and published one of his own.

Pastime with good company

I love and shall until I die

grudge who lust but none deny

so God be pleased thus live will I

for my pastance

hunt sing and dance

my heart is set

all goodly sport

for my comfort

who shall me let

youth must have some dalliance

of good or ill some pastance

Company methinks then best

all thoughts and fancies to digest.

for Idleness

is chief mistress

of vices all

then who can say.

but mirth and play

is best of all.

Company with honesty

is virtue vices to flee.

Company is good and ill

but every man hath his free will.

the best ensue

the worst eschew

my mind shall be.

virtue to use

vice to refuse

thus shall I use me.

Elisabeth Pawelke sings Pastime with Good Company (with Fiona). Source: YouTube Channel Gottfried Leibniz. Date Published: January 31, 2013.