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A Souldiers Resolution: The First Part of Ayres

Counter-tenor Christopher Field joins the outstanding viol player Miriam Morris to present Tobias Hume's The First Part of Ayres, the first collection of music to appear in England devoted exclusively to the lyra viol and bass viol.

Successfully launched in both Melbourne and Adelaide, this disc presents counter-tenor Christopher Field and outstanding viol player Miriam Morris in a rare recording of renaissance composer Tobias Hume's The First Part of Ayres - the first collection of music to appear in England devoted exclusively to the lyra viol and bass viol.

The music, diverse in the extreme, ranges from the bawdy to the fashionably melancholic. Other than grouping by key and dance type, such progressions as Deth, Life, Good againe, A Question and An answere, show a distinctly programmatic flair. We are constantly reminded of Hume's military calling with echoes of the battleground in such pices as A Souldiers Resolution. Set amongst the learned part-writing of the viol consort composition of such contemporaries as Lawes and Ferrabosco, one can only imagine a solitary existence for this wild card protagonist of a relatively new style for his chosen instrument.

A must for all early music devotees!


Miriam Morris

Miriam Morris studied the viola da gamba with Wieland Kuijken and Jane Ryan. Her career has included many solo appearances and collaborations with leading early music ensembles, particularly in Australia.

Christopher Field

Christopher Field's teachers have included Stephen Grant and Hartley Newnham, and he has appeared in operatic roles with Opera Australia, Stopera and Co*Opera and has performed in concerts and festivals throughout Australia.

Press quotes

“an attractive program ... this is a rare and worthy entry to the catalogues.” ★★★

— Christopher Price, Goldberg Magazine

“this excellently produced and packaged Australian disc offers special delights ... expressive and engaging”

— Bill Hoffmann, Canberra Times

“This new recording by Australia's finest viola da gamba player deserves a spot on every early music lover's shelf ... Miriam Morris ... has a wide dynamic range, and her technique allows her to extract the rich resonance which is so important on the gamba, especially in solo music”

— Michael O'Loghlin, Early Music Society of Queensland

“Miriam Morris plays Hume's music with affectionate fluency ... The recording communicates the warmth and nobility of the instrumental sound”

— Roger Covell, Sydney Morning Herald

“on this fine recording ... Morris negotiates the not inconsiderable technical demands of the music with warm-toned assurance, drawing an expressive palate of sounds from her Australian-made seven stringed bass viol.”

— Alan Maddox, MCA Music Forum

“The sounds that emerge from this well-recorded disc are lean and refreshing.”

— Raymond Chapman Smith, The Advertiser

“I liked Miriam Morris's playing very much ... her engagement with the music comes through and got me hooked. Christopher Field's light, clean, sweet countertenor is a good foil to the bass viol ... Move is to be commended”

— Katherine Kemp, ABC 24 Hours

Audio previews

Track Listing

  1. A Pavin (45) Tobias Hume
  2. Faine Would I Change That Note Tobias Hume
  3. A Souldiers Resolution Tobias Hume
  4. A Question Tobias Hume
  5. An Answere Tobias Hume
  6. Death Tobias Hume
  7. Life Tobias Hume
  8. Good Againe Tobias Hume
  9. What Greater Griefe Tobias Hume
  10. Rosamond Tobias Hume
  11. The Duke Of Holstones Almaine Tobias Hume
  12. My Mistresse Hath A Prettie Thing Tobias Hume
  13. Adue Sweete Love Tobias Hume
  14. Be Merry A Day Will Come Tobias Hume
  15. Tobacco Tobias Hume
  16. Beccus An Hungarian Lord His Delight Tobias Hume
  17. The Second Part Tobias Hume
  18. Loves Farewell Tobias Hume
  19. Captaine Humes Pavin Tobias Hume


Where to buy

A Souldiers Resolution: The First Part of Ayres is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

A Souldiers Resolution: The First Part of Ayres is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Thomas Grubb
Release date
© 2000 Move Records
℗ 2000 Move Records
Early music, Vocal
Catalogue number
MD 3232
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574323221