Weep, O Mine Eyes

From Wind Repertory Project
John Bennet

John Bennet (trans. Brian Coffill)

Subtitle: Madrigal for Flexible Ensemble

General Info

Year: 1599 / 2020
Duration: c. 2:00
Difficulty: IV(see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Madrigal
Publisher: Classics Revisited
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00

Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part A

  • Flute/Oboe I (optional Violin I)
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I
  • E-flat Soprano Saxophone
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone I
  • B-flat Trumpet I
  • Violin

Part B

  • Flute/Oboe II (optional Violin II)
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet II
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone II
  • B-flat Trumpet II
  • F Horn (optional)
  • Trombone

Part C

  • Flute/Oboe III (optional)
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet I II
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone (optional)
  • Viola

Part D

  • Bassoon (optional Cello)
  • Flute/Oboe IV (optional)
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone (optional)
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Weep, O Mine Eyes is one of the most famous madrigals of the English composer John Bennet. It is written for four vocal parts and was first published in his first collection, Madrigalls to Fovre Voyces, in 1599. The composition is an homage to John Dowland, being based partly on Dowland's most famous piece, Flow My Tears.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Performance Notes

This flexible instrumentation edition is arranged for any combination of instruments included therein.

The individual parts each include the specific voice (A, B, C, or D), and can be combined or scaled in any way by taking available parts, balance, and other musical or extramusical factors into consideration.

While not specifically listed on the parts, some may be played alternate instruments (ex: concert pitch treble clef parts can feasibly be performed by any concert pitch treble clef instrument, bass clef can play bass clef, etc., taking appropriate octaves into account).

Potential instrumentations include flute, clarinet or saxophone quartets, woodwind ensembles, brass quartets, string quartets, or any mixed combination of the included instruments. Doublings, alterations, additions, subtractions, and octave displacements are encouraged to create a wider variety of tone colors in mixed groups.


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • The Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, Va.) Woodwind Choir - 11 November 2019 *Premiere Peformance*