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Renaissance Dance and Romance

by The Harper and the Minstrel

A delightful collection of Renaissance Dances and Love Songs played on an assortment of traditional instruments and sung in a variety of languages including Galician, Ladino, Italian, French, Haitian Creole and English.
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1. La Volta
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2. Quantas Sabedes
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3. If I Were a Blackbird
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4. Basse Danse
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5. Since First I Saw Your Face
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6. La Prima Vez
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7. Hal an Tow
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8. Feuilles O
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9. Belle Qui Tiens Ma Vie
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10. Carolan's Dream
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11. Dormi, Dormi
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12. Apple Tree Wassail
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13. La Montovana
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14. Mon Coeur Se Recommande a Vous
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15. Fortune My Foe / We Be Soldiers Three
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16. When from My Love
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17. Now O Now I Needs Must Part
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The Harper and The Minstrel are Jay and Abby Michaels

Passionate performances of Music from the past sung and played on a variety of Traditional Plucked, Bowed, Hammered and Woodwind Instruments.

The Harper and The Minstrel specialize in beautiful Ayres and Ballads, but are quite adept at Jigs, Reels & Dances. Their vast repertoire includes unique arrangements of Music ranging from Medieval Spain's 13th Century Cantgas de Santa Maria to the music of Elizabethan era English Lutenist John Dowland to 17th Century Irish Harper Turlough O'Carolan.

The New CD is called RENAISSANCE DANCE AND ROMANCE

A delightful collection of Renaissance Dances
and Love Songs played on an assortment
of traditional instruments and sung in a
variety of languages

La Volta (Italian Renaissance Dance) La Volta is a dance from 16th-century Italy featuring leaping, turning and a rather intimate embrace. England’s Queen Elizabeth once danced La Volta with the Earl of Leicester, making the dance more respectable.
Abby Michaels: Bamboo Flute
Jay Michaels: Bowed Dulcimer/Viol, Baroque Guitar, Harp

Quantas Sabedes (Martín Codax 13th Century Spain) An open invitation to run away with your lover to the sea of Vigo in Galicia, Spain.
Abby Michaels: Vocals, Classical Guitar
Jay Michaels: Vocals, Mountain Dulcimer

If I Were A Blackbird (Traditional Celtic) This song is of Celtic Origin, it tells the tale of a young woman in love with a sailor who has left her for the sea.
Abby Michaels: Vocals, Classical Guitar
Jay Michaels: Harp, Bowed Dulcimer/Viol

Basse Danse (From Arbeau's Orchesosgraphie 1588) Also called the “Low Dance”, this was a popular court dance in the 15th and early 16th centuries. Unlike La Volta, in this form the dancers feet never leave the floor.
Abby Michaels: Tenor Recorder
Jay Michaels: Bowed Dulcimer/Viol

Since First I Saw Your Face (Thomas Ford (1580-1648) England) This song is oft’ attributed to Thomas Ford, a publisher and arranger of Music, who was also a Composer, Singer, and Viol player in the service of the Prince of Wales who later became King Charles I.
Abby Michaels: Vocals
Jay Michaels: Baroque Guitar

La Prima Vez (Traditional Sephardic) “From the first time our eyes met, I knew I would love you even unto my grave…”
Abby Michaels: Vocals, Classical Guitar
Jay Michaels: Harp

Hal an Tow (16th Century Traditional) From Helston, Cornwall, this song is sung to welcome Summer.
Abby Michaels: Vocals, Classical Guitar
Jay Michaels: Vocals, Mountain Dulcimer, Bowed Dulcimer/Viol

Feuilles O (Traditional Haitian Creole) A heartfelt plea of a mother for healing for her sick child.
Abby Michaels: Vocals, Hammered Dulcimer

Belle Qui Tiens Ma Vie (Thoinot Arbeau (1520-1595) France) A stately French Dance form, the Pavan
Abby Michaels: Bamboo Flute
Jay Michaels: Rebec

Carolan's Dream (William Connellan 17th Century) This piece is said to have been Turlough O’Carolan’s favorite tune. Often attributed to O’Carolan, it was written by Irish Harper William Connellan, who called the tune "Molly McAlpin”.
Jay Michaels: Irish Wire-Strung Harp (Cláirseach)

Dormi, Dormi (Traditional Italian Lullaby) The tittle of the song means “Sleep, Sleep” and is part lullaby, part celebration, complete with Fa La La’s.
Abby Michaels: Vocals, Hammered Dulcimer
Jay Michaels: Vocals, Bowed Dulcimer/Viol

Apple Tree Wassail (Traditional England) According to legend, in Renaissance England on Twelfth Night farmers would go to the orchards to sing and toast the trees with Wassail Bowls in hopes of a good harvest the next year.
Abby Michaels: Vocals, Hammered Dulcimer
Jay Michaels: Bowed Dulcimer/Viol

La Montovana (Gasparo Zanetti Italy) This popular Dance was first published as 'Ballo di Mantua' in Gasparo Zanetti's book Il Scolaro in 1645. When sung it is sometimes called “Fugi Fugi Fugi”
Abby Michaels: Bamboo Flute
Jay Michaels: Bowed Dulcimer/Viol

Mon Coeur Se Recommande a Vous (Orlando di Lasso 16th-century French Chanson) Orlando di Lasso was a very well known and influential Musician in late 16th Century Europe. This is one of his finest Love Songs.
Abby Michaels: Vocals
Jay Michaels: Classical Guitar

Fortune My Foe/We Be Soldiers Three (Traditional Renaissance England) Many settings of Fortune My Foe come from the 16th Century. It is oft’ played as a dirge. We Be Soldiers Three is a song of celebration in spite of financial hardship.
Abby Michaels: Bamboo Flute
Jay Michaels: Bowed Dulcimer/Viol

When From My Love (John Bartlett (1580-1660) England) From his only publication, “A Booke of Ayres with a Triplicitie of Musicke”, published in 1606. Bartlett’s music was very popular in its time.
Abby Michaels: Vocals
Jay Michaels: Harp

Now O Now I Needs Must Part (English Lutenist John Dowland 1597) A bittersweet contemplation of love and loss, this song was first published in 1597 in Dowland’s “First Booke of Songes or Ayres of foure partes with Tableture for the Lute”.
Abby Michaels: Vocals, Irish Wooden Flute
Jay Michaels: Classical Guitar, Baroque Guitar

All Music Arranged by Jay M. Michaels & Abigail S. Michaels Copyright 2018 BMI All Rights Reserved


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