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listen  1. Branle des SabotsBroadside Band, The 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Pastyme with good company: Pastime with good companyChrist Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Agincourt CarolHenrician Consort, The 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Branles d'ecosseBroadside Band, The 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. PinagayBroadside Band, The 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Branle des LavandiersBroadside Band, The 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Guitar Suite: I. AllemandeMatthew Spring 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Guitar Suite: II. GigueMatthew Spring 1:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Guitar Suite: III. GavotteMatthew Spring0:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Guitar Suite: IV. SarabandeMatthew Spring 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Guitar Suite: V. MenuetMatthew Spring0:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Guitar Suite: VI. TrompetteMatthew Spring0:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Gloria in ExcelsisSaint Frideswide Monks and Novices 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. SanctusMagdala 2:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. The Honie-suckleThe Elizabethan Consort 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Book of Songs, Book 1: Rest awhile, you cruel cares: Rest a while you cruell caresThe Elizabethan Consort 3:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. O Noble EnglandThe Elizabethan Consort 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. SaltarelloHenrician Consort, The 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Nowell's GalliardBroadside Band, The 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. La ManfredinaHenrician Consort, The 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Saltarello IIHenrician Consort, The 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Ductia IIHenrician Consort, The 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Estampie RoyaleHenrician Consort, The 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Branle de la GuerreBroadside Band, The 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Danseries: Branle des Chevaulx: Branle des ChevaulxBroadside Band, The 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Ductia IHenrician Consort, The 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Conductor: Various
  • Composer: William Byrd, Henry VIII, and others
  • Audio CD (February 4, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The Gift Of Music
  • ASIN: B000H80LFO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,097 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Music for a Great Castle

Raise 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.

Great 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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My family is always looking for suitable music for quiet time at home. This album is just the thing. I especially like it in the post-Christmas season, when I still hunger for beautiful music but the carols have been put away until next year. Sprightly tunes like these are just the thing.
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