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Briddes Roune - early medieval English song group

katlaughing 04 Jun 07 - 11:36 AM
GUEST,Andrew 04 Jun 07 - 11:47 AM
katlaughing 04 Jun 07 - 11:52 AM
katlaughing 04 Jun 07 - 03:17 PM
katlaughing 04 Jun 07 - 10:51 PM
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Subject: Briddes Roune - early medieval English s
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Jun 07 - 11:36 AM

In poking around the new site, Magnatunes (see related new thread), I found a great group called "Briddes Roune." They do early medieval English music. You may listen to their CD by clicking HERE.

Here is a blurb about them:

The name Briddes Roune (BREE-dess RONE) is Middle English for bird song/conversation/speech and is a reference to the fact that two of the three of us are named Robin. I formed Briddes Roune specifically to record early medieval English songs, a repertoire I have been singing for several years. As anyone who's read Chaucer aloud knows, Middle English has a delightfully musical lilt, making it a fun language to sing, and the English fondness for thirds and sixths gives the music a sweetness that is unusual for that time.

This recording includes the songs of St. Godric, who claimed that all of his songs came to him in visions. For example, during a vision in which he saw Mary Magdalene and the Virgin Mary, the Virgin taught him "Sainte Marie viergene," saying that if he found himself in pain or tired or succumbing to temptation, he should sing this song and she would come quickly to his aid. Godric died in 1170, making these songs the earliest songs in English with extant melodies. More on St. Godric can be found in the liner notes.

I am particularly drawn to the songs without fixed rhythms. The rhythms of songs such as "Stond wel, moder, under roode" and "Ar ne kuth, ich sorghe non" are driven by the speaking rhythms of the words and by musical intuition. I like the improvised quality of these songs, and I enjoy the extra opportunity to express the text.

Performing medieval music involves some challenges not faced by those interested in later music. Instrumental accompaniments were almost never written down, and even the choice of instruments used was quite free. What you hear on this recording is very much our own arrangement. Our instrumental parts arise from a combination of planning and improvisation. Instrumental countermelodies are generally written out in advance by either Kathryn or myself. Drone parts are generally worked out in rehearsal.


There's more on the link.

Thanks,

lat


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Subject: RE: Briddes Roune - early medieval English song gr
From: GUEST,Andrew
Date: 04 Jun 07 - 11:47 AM

John Fleagle's album on the same Magnatune site is one of my all-time favourites.


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Subject: RE: Briddes Roune - early medieval English song gr
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Jun 07 - 11:52 AM

Thanks, Andrew. I will check it out. If you have any thoughts/experience with Magnatune which you would like to share, I had started a thread about the site HERE.

kat


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Subject: RE: Briddes Roune - early medieval English song gr
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Jun 07 - 03:17 PM

Listening to John Fleagle, now. Wow, beautiful!


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Subject: RE: Briddes Roune - early medieval English song gr
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Jun 07 - 10:51 PM

refresh - some neat hammer dulcimer on there, too


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Subject: RE: Briddes Roune - early medieval English song group
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 05 Jun 07 - 06:33 AM

John Fleagle was a wonderful musician. I never knew him personally but performed with him many times in the Revels. His death was a great loss to the Boston early music community.
i look forward to checking out Briddes Roune! Thanks,kat!


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