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Music for a Great CastleRaise the drawbridge! Music for dancing in the keep, for meditation in the chapel and for feasting in the great hall. A collection of medieval and renaissance music which presents a musical tour of a great castle. Trumpets, drums, flutes, harps, recorders and lutes provide a rich and colourful programme created for pure pleasure and enjoyment. Raise the drawbridge!1 Branle des Sabots Arbeau (1589) The Broadside Band directed by Jeremy Barlow 2 Pastime with good companye Henry VIII (1491-1547) Christ Church Cathedral Choir conducted by Stephen Darlington3 Agincourt Carol The Henrician Consort Courtyard Dances4 Branles d'ecosse Arbeau 5 Pinagay Arbeau6 Branle des Lavandieres Arbeau The Broadside Band directed by Jeremy Barlow Music for the BedchamberGuitar Suite Francois Campion (c.1685-1747) 7 Allemande 8 Gigue 9 Gavotte 10 Sarabande 11 Menuet 12 Trompette Matthew Spring Music for the Chapel13 Gloria in excelsis deo The Monks & Novices of St Frideswide 14 Sanctus Henry V (c.1387 - 1422) Magdala directed by David Skinner The Secret Garden15 The honie-suckle Anthony Holborne (fl. 1584-1602)16 Rest awhile John Dowland (1563-1626) 17 O noble England - Mounsier's Almaine William Byrd (c.1539-1623) The Elizabethan Consort The Great Hall18 Saltarello The Henrician Consort19 Nowel's Galliard Arbeau The Broadside Band directed by Jeremy Barlow 20 La Manfredina21 Saltarello II22 Ductia II 23 Estampie Royale The Henrician Consort24 Branle de la Guerre Arbeau 25 Branle des Chevaulx Arbea The Broadside Band directed by Jeremy Barlow 26 Ductia I The Henrician ConsortThe Henrician Consort: Sara Stowe, Matthew Spring, Sharon Lindo, Jon BanksAll works anonymous except where noted. CCL CDG1111This compilation P & C 2005 Classical Communications LtdCover image: by permission of the British Library A Boating Party workshop of Simon Bening c1520 The Golf Book Add.24098.f.22vMade in Great Britain Music for a Great CastleGreat Britain has many castles, dating from medieval times almost to the present day. Many are no more than ruins, even as little as an outline of a few walls, but others have survived the ravages of time in quite considerable splendour. Examples of the latter might be Warwick Castle, or Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland. Conceived initially as fortresses, castles started to acquire a few creature comforts in the late medieval period. The music on this album is mainly from this period and from the renaissance, and gives some insight into the sounds that could have been heard in the more habitable parts of a castle from around 1500 onwards. Dances could have been outdoors or in, while more intimate chamber music, such as the elegant guitar suite by Campion would have sounded at the their best in a small room, in contrast to the louder music which would have been well suited as an accompaniment to feasting and dancing in a great hall.Many of the pieces are taken from Thoinot Arbeau's Orchesographie. This rather lovely volume was published in France in 1589. It not only summarised many musical styles, particularly of dance music, up to that point in history, but also quickly became a standard dance book that musicians throughout Europe would turn to for tunes and advice on playing the music and performing the dances. Along with advice on dancing it also includes many elegant illustrations such as the one below. Every castle had a chapel, where knights could pray for success in battle. 'Gloria in exclesis Deo' - Glory to God in the highest - is a plainchant song heard during High Mass. 'Sanctus' is also part of the liturgy of the mass, and the version we have here was composed by a King, Henry V, who, unlike many regal figures of the period, was a notably cultured man. Holborne, Dowland and Byrd were all known to Elizabeth I, whose court and castles frequently resounded with great music.Dancing was a precise art in medieval and renaissance times, with conventions as strict as that of any other discipline. Here is a typical illustration from Ochesographie, the reverence or bow, which was an essential, and very polite part of every dance.
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