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A Merry Ronde

A souvenir collection of Renaissance and Medieval music.

This CD owes its origin to a concert programme originally devised to celebrate The Skelton Festival in Diss, Norfolk in 2004, in which Louis was to read Renaissance and Medieval poetry to accompany music of the same period, to be played by The Antonius Players. Having gone to all that trouble, it seemed only sensible to make an album of the music, partly for fun and partly for them to sell at concerts.

Neither the instrumentation nor the arrangements are authentic and there are even a couple of rather good fakes, but the spirit of the music is very authentic indeed. It was recorded in as few takes as possible, with the musicians playing together simultaneously but on separate tracks. As all of the players are multi-instrumentalists, some extra tracks were added afterwards, and the result was this joyful and tuneful album.

The two players at the core of the group are Ilone and Susan Sabin, both professional flautists. There is some debate as to whether Louis is also at the core, but he does seem to be there whenever the other two are, and he plays on many of the tracks on this album. His ambition is to be as good as the others, before senility or arthritis set in! At concerts there may be any number of extra players who have wandered in for the occasion or have conscripted.

Ilone and Sue have been playing together for some years, and Ilone and Louis played together some nineteen years ago when they were both supply teachers in London, and were driven to hiding in the music rooms to get away from whichever teacher was arranging cover. All three have collaborated for some time on various concert programmes of poetry and music. They have had some adventures and misadventures, and have, as this album shows, greatly enjoyed themselves.

£12.00 (Limited availability)
 

Tracks

 
1) The Chirping Of The Nightingale
Anon., English
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2) Allemande
Johann Hermann Schein
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3) Pastime With Good Company
Attrib. Henry VIII
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4) Greensleeves To A Ground
Anon., A & C Dolmetsch
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5) Packington's Pound
Anon., English
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6) Ronde "Mon Army"
Tielman Susato
 
7) The English Hunts Up
John Whitfield
 
8) Wilson's Wilde
Anon., English
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9) Ungaresca
Giorgio Mainerio
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10) Shall I Come Sweet Love To Thee
Thomas Campion
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11) Ronde
Tielman Susato
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12) Mr Dowland's Midnight
John Dowland
 
13) Kemp's Jig
Anon., English
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14) Voulez-Vous Que Je Vous Chant
Anon., French
 
15) Orlando Sleepeth
John Dowland
 
16) La Morisque
Tielman Susato
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17) My Lady Hunsdon's Allmande
John Dowland
 
18) Hèlas Madame
Attrib. Henry VIII
 
19) A Merry Ronde
Allan Alexander
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20) Walter Green Suite (Live Recording)
Walter Green
- Poco Allegro
- Andantino
- Moderato
- Vivace
 

Louis de Bernières - Mandolin, Guitar, Percussion

Ilone Antonius-Jones - Flute, Keyboard, Percussion

Sue Sabin - Flute, Piccolo, Percussion

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