Maranella Repertoire

Below is a small selection of pieces from our repertoire

We are gearing up for recording our first CD so good quality sound files will be added as soon as we have them available

Meanwhile here are a few links to amateur videos of us shot at various venues

Sumer is Icumen In

Sumer is icumen in

Click the picture for the YouTube video

Recorded on a mobile phone so the quality isn't great!

Cantigas de Santa Maria 48 and 42

Cantigas de Santa Maria 48 and 42

Minstrels' Court 2014 - again recorded on a mobile phone. Click the photo to see the video

Chanconeta Tedescha

Chanconeta Tedescha

From an early fifteenth-century Tuscan manuscript which is held at the British Museum in London

Chanconeta Tedescha is a lively Italian dance tune which we love to play - one of our favourites

Cantiga de Santa Maria no. 7

Cantigas de Santa Maria 7

The Cantigas de Santa Maria ("Canticles of Holy Mary") are 420 poems with musical notation, written in Galician-Portuguese during the reign of Alfonso X 'The Wise' (1221-1284), king of Castile, Leon and Galicia, and often attributed to him. Each song in this collection mentions the Virgin Mary

Although we do play a lot of the Cantigas de Santa Maria I doubt that we will ever learn all 420!

Miri It Is

A medieval English song (about 1250) mourning the end of summer
Unfortunately only the first verse survives

Miri it is while sumer ilast
With fugheles song
Oc nu neheth windes blast
And weder strong
Ei, ei! What this nicht is long
And ich with wel michel wrong
Soregh and murne and fast

which translates from middle English to:

Merry it is while the summer lasts
With the song of birds
But now draws near the wind's blast
And strong weather
Alas, alas! how long this night is
And I, most unjustly
Sorrow and mourn and fast

Edi beo thu, Hevne Queene

A 13th Century English gymel (a sort of early English polyphony) in praise of the Virgin Mary

Ductias & Estampies

13th & 14th Centuries

Lively and playful tunes - we play several Ductias and Estampies. These are dances / songs from England and Northern France which were popular in the 13th and 14th centuries. Ductias were sometimes sung but Estampies seem to have been purely instrumental pieces.

Ductia is a medieval Latin term used by Johannes de Grocheo (De musica, c 1300) to describe two forms: a type of light, rapid song sung by boys and girls for dances and an instrumental dance.

The Estampie has a very distinctive form with each section repeating a melody first with an 'open' ending, then with a 'closed' one; the same endings are used througout. It appears (from the scant records we have of pre-1400 instrumental pieces) to have been the most common form of instrumental music

Nobody knows for certain whether an Estampie (Istanpitta in Italian) was a dance tune or simply a musical form, but it does mean 'to stamp' which would suggest rather strongly that it was some kind of dance

Lamento di Tristano and La Rotta

Lamento di Tristano and La Rotta

Two beautiful 14th Century Italian tunes from a collection in the British Library (Add. 29987). The lament is slow and mournful and then the dance tune La Rotta (an Estampie probably) livens things up quite a bit. These two tunes always seem to be played as a set and the combination of slow air followed by lively dance really does work

Ah Robin, Gentle Robin

A very beautiful song by William Cornish (1465-1523), Master of the Kynge's Musick to Henry VIII

Many of the pieces formerly thought to have been written by the king are now known to have been composed by Cornish. He was a prolific and very talented composer and we play and sing several of his pieces. Although Cornish flourished during the start of the Renaissance musical period, his music is still very much medieval in style and form

This song finds a young man confiding in a robin redbreast his fears that his lady no longer loves him; the anguished phrase 'she will change for no new' leaves us in no real doubt that she already has!

Christmas / Yuletide Songs, Carols and Tunes

Nowel Syng We

English 13th century carol—the title says it all, really

Bring us in Good Ale

Yuletide drinking song we believe to be from the 15th Century, needless to say that the composer is Trad. Anon. !

Ecce Mundi Gaudium

Anglo-Norman rondellus, c1250

Green Growth the Holly (Grene Grouth the Holy)

A really beautiful yuletide song known in the time of Henry VIII. Some sources attribute the song to him but that's very doubtful

This list is just a small selection from our repertoire but might give a feel for the type of music we enjoy playing and singing

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