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18th century chamber music

Songs of love from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, performed with the gentle accompaniment of the lute. Violin solos and harpsichord and viol consort music complete this programme of 'delightes', chosen to be a gentle musical 'portrait of a lady'.

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Music for My Lady
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Songs of love from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, performed with the gentle accompaniment of the lute. Violin solos and harpsichord and viol consort music complete this programme of 'delightes', chosen to be a gentle musical 'portrait of a lady'.

1 O lusty May

Guitar Suite Francois Campion (c.1686-1748)
2 Allemande
3 Gigue
4 Gavotte
5 Sarabande
6 Menuet
7 Trompette

8 Les Graces Jacques Duphly (1715-1789)

9 Allen Water
10 Jamaica
11 Shoes rare and good in all
12 My Lady Binnis lilt
13 I choys to by my Lon
14 The Laydie Louthian's lilt
15 Sueit smylling Katie loves me

16 La de Vaucanson Jacques Duphly

17 The last time I came o'er the moor
18 I serve a worthie lady
19 Caneris
20 A Scotch Tune
21 Corne Yairds
22 A Scots Tune

23 Chaconne Jacques Duphly
24 La de Belombre Jacques Duphly
25 La Victoire Jacques Duphly


Sara Stowe, voice and recorder
Heather Birt, tenor viol and violin
Jon Banks, bass viol, harp
Stewart McCoy, lute
Matthew Spring, lute, theorbo, cittern and bass viol
Martin Souter, harpsichord

CCL CDG1072
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The last time I came o'er the moor,
I left my love behind me,
Ye Pow'rs! What pain do I endure,
When soft ideas mind me!
Soon as the ruddy morn display'd
The beaming day ensuing,
I met betimes my lovely maid,
In fit retreats for wooing.

This gentle musical 'portrait of a lady' includes a variety of superb instruments playing music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The music is partially from Scotland and partially from France, and forms a fine snap shot of the sophisticated music for entertainment of the period. It is taken from a wide variety of manuscript and printed sources and ranges from very simple lute and guitar pieces to emotionally charged harpsichord music by one of the great harpsichord composers of the mid-eighteenth century.

Few of the composers heard here are named. Jacques Duphly was active in Paris. A contemporary account describes him as having 'a lightness of touch and a certain softness, which, sustained by ornaments, marvellously render the character of his pieces'. Francois Campion, like Duphly, was originally from Rouen, but also made his way to the French capital, seeking greater fame and fortune than was available to him in a provincial town. Campion published music for his own instruments, the lute, guitar and theorbo, as well as treatises on accompanying and composition.

The other pieces on this album are mostly anonymous or by musicians who never achieved the first rank of recognition. Nevertheless, their music, and their arrangements of popular and traditional songs have stood the test of time, as this assemblage of airs and ballads amply demonstrates. All have good tunes, and a gentle lilt which adds to their refined style. Particularly beautiful are the tunes played on the cittern, a small, guitar-like instrument, with metal strings which produce a particular sound. This was one of the many instruments which was equally at home in the drawing room of a society hostess or in the local tavern, where it could be strummed just like a modern guitar, making it a very rhythmic accompanying instrument. It contrasts strongly with the lute, with its more gentle and resonant sound from its larger size and gut strings.


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