My Lady Carey's Dompe

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My Lady Carey's Dompe
by Anonymous
KeyG Dorian
Yearc. 1520s
GenreRenaissance music
StyleMelancholic love song
OccasionWilliam Carey's death
DedicationTo William Carey's wife. mother, and/or sisters

My Lady Carey's Dompe is a Renaissance musical piece, most probably written for lute and harpsichord. A traditional English dance tune, it was written c. 1520s by an unknown composer during the time of Henry VIII of England, who played various instruments, of which he had a large collection.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


My Lady Carey's Dompe is sometimes attributed to English innovative composer of the early Tudor period, Hugh Aston. It is in G Dorian mode and consists of an improvisatory treble line over a drone alternating between two bass notes, G and D. It may have been written for the death of William Carey, a courtier and favorite of Henry VIII, who died on 22 June 1528, and in this case, Lady Carey may refer to his wife Mary Boleyn, one of the mistresses of Henry VIII and the sister of Henry's second wife, Anne Boleyn, but also to Carey’s mother, sisters and sister-in-law. Dompe, which may come from Irish dump that means lament, can refer to a dance, a dirge, a lament or a melancholic love song.[3][4][5][6]

The work appears in a single source written around 1530, British Library, manuscript Royal Appendix 58 (Roy. App. 58).[4][7]

Notable recordings[edit]

My Lady Carey's Dompe is in the repertoire of many artists including Igor Kipnis, Guy Bovet, Rafael Puyana, Ton Koopman, Peter Watchorn, André Isoir, Liuwe Tamminga, Paul O'Dette, David Munrow, Eduardo Paniagua, Brett Leighton, Grayston Burgess, Claudio Brizi.

Year Album Performer Track # Length Record label
1990 Lullabies and Dances Bill Crofut and The Crofut Consort 16 2:56 Albany Music Distribution (048)
1994 A Treasury of Harpsichord Favorites Igor Kipnis 4 1:50 Music & Arts (CD-243)
1995 English Virginals Music Sophie Yates 7 1:50 Chandos (CHAN0574)
Flower of All Ships: Tudor Court Music Circa 1500 12 1:51 CRD (3448)
Guy Bovet à L'Orgue de la Basilique de Valère, Vol. 1 Guy Bovet Gallo (088)
The Golden Age of Harpsichord Music Rafael Puyana 1 1:28 Mercury (434364)
1996 The Organ at Adlington Hall Ton Koopman 1 1:47 Capriccio (255)
1997 The Mystic and the Muse Ensemble Galilei
Nancy Karpeles (percussion)
Sue Richards (Celtic harp)
Erin Shrader (Fiddle, guitar)
Carolyn Anderson Surrick (viol)
Sarah Weiner (oboe)
Dorian (90247)
1998 Millennium of Music, Vol. 1 17 2:25 Valley Entertainment (VLT 0000015023)
1999 Guide des Instruments de la Renaissance Ensemble la Fenice Ricercar (95001)
Shakespeare: The Greatest Hits 7 (CD 2) 4:02 Reference Recordings (3625)
Vox Virginalis Rachelle Taylor 1 2:13 ATMA Classique (22197)
2000 Alessandro Orologio: Primo Libro delle Canzonette; Intrade a Cinque Voci Il Terzo Suono
Ensemble 1492
Gian Paolo Fagotto (conductor, tenor)
Arts Music (47531)
2001 Court Jesters: Tudor Minstrel Music Sirinu 3 2:20 Griffin (4013)
Music of Tudor and Jacobean England Peter Watchorn 15 (CD 1) 2:27 Musica Omnia (0104)
Wondrous Machine: Early English Keyboard Music on the Organ of the Ospedaletto in Venice Christopher Stembridge 4 1:21 Quilisma (302)
2002 Airs & Danses de la Vieille Europe André Isoir Disques Pierre Verany (787031)
2003 Basilicata Liuwe Tamminga 3 1:59 Accent (21147)
L'Essor de l'Orgue en Europe de la Renaissance au Baroque Jacques Kauffmann 5 2:11 Skarbo (1004)
The Classic Ocarina Chuckerbutty Ocarina Quartet feat. Michael Copley 8 2:51 Dorian (93260)
The Royal Lewters Paul O'Dette 5 2:49 Harmonia Mundi (907313)
2004 David Munrow: Henry VIII and His Six Wives David Munrow 18 2:00 Testament (1250)
2005 Dictionary of Medieval & Renaissance Instruments 7 (CD 2) 1:47 Cantus (9705)
Madame d'Amours: Songs, Dances & Consort Music for the Six Wives of Henry VIII Musica Antiqua of London 7 2:21 Signum Classics (Signum UK 044)
Musica cortesana en la Europa de Juana I de Castilla Música Antigua, Eduardo Paniagua 1 4:32 Karonte / Pneuma Classics (PN710)
Musik für Orgel und Zink auf der ältesten spielbaren Orgel der Welt Brett Leighton 25 2:10 Motette (20321)
2007 Music to Entertain Henry VIII Grayston Burgess, Purcell Consort of Voices 17 0:55 Argo (4758582)
2008 The World's Greatest Composers [Collector's Edition Music Tin] 9 (CD 4) 1:09 Madacy (52955)
2010 Les Grandes Orgues de Gérardmer Jacques Kauffmann 1 1:52 Skarbo (1095)
2011 Tears of Joy: English Lute Songs and Secular Music Zefiro Torna 13 (CD 1) 2:14 EtCetera / Klara (KTC 4038)
2012 Renaissance & Danses Baroques Barok Ensemble 10 1:33 Loreley (LY 049)
2013 Claviorgan Wonderland Claudio Brizi 5 2:28 Camerata Records (CMCD 28244)
Mercury Living Presence: The Collector's Edition, Vol. 2 Rafael Puyana 1 (CD 50) 1:29 Decca / Mercury (4785092)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Braden 2005, p. 40.
  2. ^ Cummings, Robert. "My Lady Carey's Dompe (Royal, App. 58) - Anonymous, English". Allmusic.
  3. ^ a b "My Lady Carey's Dompe". 26 November 2011.
  4. ^ a b c Apel 1972, pp. 249, 284.
  5. ^ a b Haar 2006, p. 494.
  6. ^ a b Sandon 2004.
  7. ^ "Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music". 16 September 2018.


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