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
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
Minstrels' Court 2014 - again recorded on a mobile phone. Click the photo to see the video
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
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!
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
A 13th Century English gymel (a sort of early English polyphony) in praise of the Virgin Mary
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
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
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!
English 13th century carol—the title says it all, really
Yuletide drinking song we believe to be from the 15th Century, needless to say that the composer is Trad. Anon. !
Anglo-Norman rondellus, c1250
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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