Show Summary Details

Page of

Printed from Grove Music Online. Grove is a registered trademark. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a single article for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy).

date: 23 January 2020


  • Warwick Edwards


An English term in use around 1600. ‘Wayes’ is the title normally given to a series of short contrapuntal compositions in two or three parts (often in canon) on a cantus firmus, apparently intended for practice in polyphonic writing. Examples of its use are in John Farmer’s Divers and Sundrie Waies of Two Parts in One, to the Number of Fortie, uppon One Playn Song (1591); William Bathe’s A Briefe Introduction to the Skill of Song … in Which Work is Set Downe X. Sundry Wayes of 2. Parts in One upon the Plaine Song (1600); Forty Wayes of 2. Parts in One (on Miserere) by Thomas Woodson in GB-Lbl Add.29996, ff.184v–9 (only 20 given); Pretty Wayes: for Young Beginners to Looke on in the same manuscript, ff.192v–193, 195v–196 (16 anonymous compositions on the plainchant ‘Iam lucis orto sidere’); Thomas Robinson's ‘Twenty Waies upon the Bels’, the second of two lute duets that open his ...

You do not currently have access to this article


Please login to access the full content.


Please subscribe to access the full content.

Journal of the American Musicological Society
Musical Quarterly
Cambridge, University Library
London, British Library