Wednesday, 23 July 2008

THULE MOON (traditional musick)

RENBOURN JOHN

THE LADY AND THE UNICORN

Original Issue: 1969 Transatlantic (TRA224)

Reissue: 2003 Castle Music (CMRCD 625) Buy it here

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Margot-meter: 5 moons / 5

I genuinely LOVE this album!

I've thousands of CDs but (the Gods only know why) I keep on returning to this intimate jewel one againg...and again...and again...


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1 Trotto 0.40/ Saltarello 1.53
2 Lamento Di Tristan 1.58 / La Rotta 0.55
3 Veri Floris 0.44 / Triple Ballade 2.00
4 Bransle Gay 1.13 / Bransle De Bourgogne 1.34
5 Alman 1.25 / Melancholy Galliard 2.47
6 Sarabande 2.41
7 The Lady And The Unicorn 3.21
8 My Johnny Was A Shoemaker 4.16 / Westron Wynde 1.25 / Scarborough Fair 7.22

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from Liner Notes:

This record contains a variety of instrumental pieces including medieval music, folk tunes and early classical music. The oldest are probably the English dance tune 'Trotto' and the Italian 'Saltarello', to which I have added a drone accompaniment, tuning the guitar to DGDGCD.

'Lamento di Tristan' and 'La Rotta' are fourteenth century Italian pieces played originally on vielle. They too are without harmony but have the tune doubled either on sitar or glockenspiel.

The three part conductus 'Veri Floris', composed during the Notre Dame period, is a setting for the words 'Under the figure of the true flower which the pure root produced, the loving devotion of our clergy has made a mystical flower constructing an allegorical meaning beyond ordinary useage from the nature of a flower".

This is followed by the triple ballade 'Sancuer-Armordolens-Dameparvous' of Guillaume de Machaut.

'Bransle Gay' and 'Bransle de Bourgogne' are from the danceries of Claude Gervaise, composed in about 1550. The first is played on solo guitar but the second uses flute, fiddle and has a second guitar line added. The anonymous 'Alman' is taken from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book and is followed by 'Melancholy Galliard' by the English lutanist John Dowland. The sequence concludes with the 'Sarabande' in B Minor by J. S. Bach.

The album ends with two short guitar pieces, 'The Lady And The Unicorn' and an arrangement of the sixteenth century song 'Westron Wynde', and arrangements for flute, viola and guitar of two folk songs: 'My Johnny Was A Shoemaker' and 'Scarborough Fair'.

I have not presumed to reproduce early music as it would originally have been played, but hope nevertheless that the qualities of the music can be enjoyed, though interpreted on more recent instruments.

John Renbourn plays guitars and sitar, Terry Cox plays hand-drums and glockenspiel, Don Harper plays viola, Lea Nicholson plays concertina, Tony Roberts and Ray Warleigh play flute and Dave Swarbrick plays violin.

10 comments:

Lambda said...

indeed awesome and really inspired sounds. Many thanks

Anonymous said...

wu! you're getting more eclectic margot, love the renbourne and japrocksampler, didn't even know julian had authored one of those, superduper thanks margot!, anthony in canada

Richard said...

I absolutely loved this album - music with lots of good tunes!

BB

Richard

bv said...

Nice. I recognized the 1st track. The Dead Can Dance covered it too (on Aion). Thanks.

Margot said...

I'm always happy when a receive your comments, really...and I'm glad there's someone out there enjoying my eclectic journey through sound

Love you all, pals

Jorge Stretcher said...

Thank You Margot for this wonderful record and for your nice comments.
Greetings.
Jorge

aussie said...

Beautiful collection. Thank you margot.

Nahuel said...

This stuff is awesome, thanls a lot for this.

Beautiful.

ordoequitumsolis said...

meraviglioso !!!!
Grazie Margot

Anonymous said...

Lovely stuff, thanks Margo! A great album.
Dan