Thanks Albert!

That is what I suspected. Probably the same with "Trenchmore".

I have a theory, but...

Well, Wakefield seems to be Raga Megh, a Monsoon Raga. It has a characteristic series of notes on a dottet rhythm, which can be played as a ground, while there is a "vakra" (zigzag) movement of the Raga. Vakra seems to be what inspired the variations.

If anyone wishes I can send a mix...

Am 13.04.2018 um 20:22 schrieb Albert Reyerman:
John Johnson s music is published completeley by TREE  EDITION,
edited by Jan W. J. Burgers

The edititorial commentary on Wakefield on a Grreen starts like this:

65. Wakefield on a Green – John Johnson 291
i Dd.3.18, f. 11v-12r: Jo: Johnson wakefilde on
a green / index, f. 73r (66r): Wakefeld on a
green. (treble)
ii Marsh, p. 146-148 (treble)
iii Marsh, p. 148 (ground)
Ward, Music for Elizabethan Lutes XLIII (p. 104);
Ward, John Johnson 45.
Twenty-three variations on a short ground of four
measures. Nothing is known about the tune; see
Simpson, Broadside Ballad, p. 29, n. 1.
The settings i and ii are practically identical.
Both versions have irregularly placed double bar
lines that serve to separate the variations; in i there
are more double bar lines missing than in ii. In ii
there are some scribal errors: m. 42(3) 1m instead
of 1n, m. 76(1) 5a instead of 4a, and all of variation
21 is corrupt: m. 82 is written twice (the first
time as a whole positioned one line too high, with
four crosses above the staves instead of rhythm
signs), after which m. 83 is written, while m. 84 is


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Am 13.04.2018 um 17:23 schrieb Tristan von Neumann:
Hello Lutists,

does anyone know the origin of the Treble and Ground "Wakefield on a Green" by John Johnson? It's found in the Marsh Lutebook and also Dd.3.18.


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