Sumer Is Icumen is one of the oldest written down melodies in the English language and originally was an Easter carol (Yes, there are carols for Easter, Lent, summer, harvest as well as Christmas). The original manuscript, now in the British museum, was transcribed by a Benedictine monk in 1226. The Easter words have long been forgotten, and the tune is now forever associated with summer. It is an ingenious bit of writing with an unmistakably English quality to it. Benjamin Britten incorporated it into the finale of his Spring Symphony where it makes a stunning conclusion to the work.
Unitarian-Universalist Church and Trinity Episcopal Church
The Madeline Davis GLBT Archives of Western New York
BGMC, Buffalo Gay Men's Chorus, Program
Buffalo Gay Men's Chorus, "Sounds of Summer" (2002). Programs. 5.