A Tudor Tapestry: Music of 16th Century England is coming

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We will give you A Tudor Tapestry experience at Grace Lutheran Church, 1107 Main St W, Hamilton on Sunday, June 3, 2018 @ 3:30 p.m. Reception to follow. Suggested Donation:  $20.

A Tudor Tapestry experience starts with selections from the Latin Rite (…the mesmerizing Quemadmodum by John Taverner); Emerging English Church (…the longing If Ye Love Me by Thomas Tallis); Theatre (…delightfully playful Mascherada by William Brade); English Consort (…hopeful The Honie-suckle by Anthony Holborne); Courtly Dances (…joyful Allmand 35 by William Brade); Countryside Dances (…captivating A Round of Three Country Dances in One by Thomas Ravenscroft); and Madrigals (…frantic chaos of fire-fighting Fyer, fyer! by Thomas Morley)–performed on assorted recorders (from sopranino to great bass), viola da gamba, and harpsichord. This is a small selection of music we will perform.

We are excited to have Benjamin Stein as our special guest who will accompany us on some of our pieces. He is well known in the early music scene as a performer on lute and theorbo, singer and teacher.

What our members are saying:

“I’m excited about the music for “A Tudor Tapestry” because it’s particularly well suited for recorders. I enjoy hearing how the intricate rhythm patterns in the different parts fit together.”        Elizabeth

“…intriguing, rhythmically challenging music some of which is seldom played on recorders.”      Chris

When we first started researching the music of Tudor England, I was amazed at the sheer volume of the different kinds of music available.  It seems that even though people did not have radios at that time, there must have been music everywhere, on the streets, in the taverns, at court, in the theatres, and in church. People sang, drummed, fiddled and danced. The music we will be presenting will only give us a snapshot of the musical life of this vibrant period.”    Nan

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