Saturday, 9 June 2018

Suite: "Henry V" at the Globe Playhouse

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The following extracts come from the Henry V film of 1944 with music composed by William Walton............

"...................Overture - The Globe Playhouse: Springing from expectant stillness, fanfares, drumming and vigorous, lusciously scored dancing with bags of “period” harmonies conjure the cheerful crowds rowdily assembling for the performance...."

In Extract One we hear near the end a Renaissance Concert sounding like a Renaissance Concert at the Globe Playhouse. The players can actually be seen.

In Extract Two we hear near the beginning of the same piece above..but using "modern" orchestration...

For those interested there is a page on this blog on which Walton's used the Agincourt Carol as a basis for "his composition."

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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Early Music and New Music

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Lucie Skeaping talks to Radio 3's embedded composer Matthew Kaner, New York-based composer Caroline Shaw and viola da gamba player Liam Byrne about how early music pieces and performance practice influence their styles as contemporary composers and performers.

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Wednesday, 9 May 2018


A Treasury of Early Music German version at present, but there should be a translation button somewhere which has played up in the bloggers case!

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Art of Love: Music of Machaut

Art of Love: Music of Machaut

The above features songs of the 14th century drenched in Brazilian, African, and Jazz sounds...Robert Sadin conceived this unique album

Friday, 16 March 2018

La Nef ambitious attempt to bring the story of Perceval and the life...with a mixture of original compositions and traditional English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh melodies....(edited from youtube)

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For various uses in France see La Nef (disambiguation)
La Nef (in French wikt:nef means the nave of a ship or church, or a medieval boat) is a French-Canadian early music performance group founded in Quebec in 1991. The founding members were Sylvain Bergeron, guitar and musical director, and Claire Gignac, contralto and recorder, theatrical director and Viviane LeBlanc, soprano.[1]
Their first show was Musiques pour Jeanne la Folle ("Music for Joan the Mad"), later recorded as a CD for Dorian Recordings.


  • Music for Joan the Mad (Dorian)
  • Perceval - La quête du Graal vol.1 La Nef Daniel Taylor (Dorian)
  • Perceval - The Quest For The Grail Vol.2 La Nef (Dorian)
  • Garden of Earthly Delights (Dorian)
  • Montsegur: La Tragedie Cathare (Dorian)
  • Musiques des Montagnes - Music of Greece. Claire Gignac (Atma)[2]
  • Oikan Ayns Bethlehem - Celtic Christmas songs. Meredith Hall (Atma)[3]
  • La traverse miraculeuse Les Charbonniers de l'enfer & La Nef (Atma)
  • The Battle of Killiecrankie. Matthew White (Atma)
  • "Dowland in Dublin" - with Michael Slattery, tenor. (Atma)
  • "Trobairitz - Poems of Women Troubadours" - with Shannon Mercer, music by Seán Dagher. (Analekta)


  1. Jump up ^ La Nef (L'actualité, Montréal Nov 1997 "Ses trois fondateurs sont toujours au poste: Sylvain Bergeron, le luthiste le plus actif du Québec, est directeur musical; Claire Gignac, flûtiste, chanteuse et comédienne, voit à l'aspect théâtre; et la soprano Viviane Leblanc"
  2. Jump up ^ Musiques des Montagnes - Music of Greece, Claire Gignac Atma Essay and Greek sung texts and translations
  3. Jump up ^ Oikan Ayns Bethlehem - Celtic Christmas songs Essay with sung texts and translations