Music from the Court of Burgundy (1430-1500)

The dukedom of Burgundy was founded in 1363, when John II of France gave it to his son Philip (1342-1404). Burgundy attained the height of her power under Philip the Good (1396-1467) and through marriages, inheritance, purchase and conquest, its territory was soon extended. When Philip's successor, Charles the Bold, died in 1477, Louis XI of France took Burgundy back into his empire. Some of the greatest artists of the time, including Jan van Eyck, were drawn into the sphere of the Burgundian count. However, little of the music of this era is familiar today. Read more about Music from the Court of Burgundy (1430-1500)

A Middle Ages and Renaissance Hit Parade

Allemande: The Honeysuckle - rauschpfeife, zink, lizard, sacbut, krumhorn, serpent - Holborne (died 1602)

In the Merry Month of May - soprano and alto recorders - Youll (fl. 1608)

Have you seen but a white lily grow? - soprano, lute - Anonymous (early 17th century)

Greensleeves - bass and great bass recorders - Anonymous (16th century)

Sir John Smith, His Almain - lute - Dowland (1562-1626) Read more about A Middle Ages and Renaissance Hit Parade

Anatomy of Illness

Invocation to Ra - reader and percussion - Egypt (2000-1200 B. C.)

Hymn to St. John: Ut queant laxis - ensemble - Paulus Diaconus (c.774)

Two Plague Songs: 
Ein Maennlein steht in Walde - baritone, lute, hirtenschalmei 
Ring Around the Rosie - soprano, garklein recorder

Maria, Mutter, reine Maid - ensemble - Anonymous (1349)

Cantiga: Como hua moller - gemshorn - Alfonso el Sabio (1221-1284) Read more about Anatomy of Illness

Music from the time of Martin Luther

C'est a grand tort - soprano, lute - Sermisy (c. 1490-1562)

Allemand and Nachtanz - dancers, ensemble - Susato (d.ied c. 1564)

Baissez moi - soprano, baritone, sacbut, krummhorn, rebec, recorder - Josquin des Pres (c. 1440-1521)

Mille regretz - tenor, bass and great bass recorders, gamba - Josquin

Scaramella - ensemble - Josquin

Jocose Song for Louis XII - ensemble - Josquin Read more about Music from the time of Martin Luther

The Seven Ages of Man

1. infantia

At first the infant, mewling and puking in the nurse's arms;

Three Blind Mice - soprano, tenor, baritone - Ravenscroft

Derrie ding ding dasson (from Melismata) - audience - Ravenscroft

Ring around the rosie - soprano, garklein recorder - Anonymous (14th century)

O ye tender babes - great bass recorder and harp - Tallis (c.1505-1585)

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