I heard a selection from this disc on the radio, and immediately decided to buy it. It is a wonderful mixture of songs, dances and instrumental pieces that provides us with an excellent overall picture of French music in the 16th century. Too often, early music discs contain music that sounds much the same and tends to be boring. Here, The King's Noyse, playing with great beauty and feeling, give us an outstanding program. Dances are separated by songs and solo harp and lute pieces. It is a joy to hear Ellen Hargis sing and the players are expressive; the recording is superb. The booklet in informative and contains translations of the songs. If you have an interest in early music, I heartily recommend this disc.
relaxing! we love the really old music and this is excellent. Good to come home to after a day at work and escape into, well, another century.
This CD contains songs and instrumental music by 'musicians' and 'minstrels'; the difference between them is well explained by Kate Van Orden in her excellent introduction. She also explains the crucial social role of dancing (in the Renaissance). While a musician published his compositions, the minstrel, as a member of a guild, was subject to professional secrecy in order to control the know-how (the playing and the melodies) by a corporate system based on memorization, oral instruction and improvisation. This secret was broken by printers (here, Pierre Phalèse, Adrian Le Roy and Pierre Attaignant) who published 'posthumous' music collections based on indications by students of great master - minstrels. As for the dance, Kate Van Orden cites Thoinot Arbeau who published in 1588 the first treatise on French dances: ‘dancing is essential in a well-ordered society, because it reveals whether lovers are in good health. After dancing, lovers are permitted to...
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