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Gut, Wind, and Wire

Fascinated by the variety of timbres that instruments can produce, renaissance musicians developed a wide variety of sound colors, ranging from the almost vocal sound of the bowed strings to the chirpy, bird-like sound of the high winds, the twang of the wire-strung cittern, and the buzz of the crumhorns. The sixteenth century musician's love of variety can be seen in the vast array of instruments imitated by organ stops of the period, by surviving instruments and pictures of instruments, and also by eyewitness accounts of the cornucopia of the insturments used to provide music for the lavish banquets of royalty. In true English Consort style, the Baltimore Consort, America's most popular early music ensemble, mixes instruments from different families. The Baltimore Consort was founded to perform instrumental music of Shakespeare's time. Although later joined by a singer, the group's experience of rehearsing purely instrumentallly forged its identity as an ensemble dedicated to exploiting the diverse sound colors offered by gut- and wire- strung plucked and bowed strings and transverse and end-blown recorders and flutes, capped reeds and percussion.


November 13, 2007


  1. The English Dancing Master: Scotch Cap
  2. Galliard d'escosse
  3. Liber Primus Leviorum Carminum: Laroque Galliard
  4. Alemande de Liege
  5. Skene Mandora: Doun in yon bank
  6. The Canaries
  7. Canaries
  8. All in a Garden Green
  9. Parsons Farewell
  10. Beggar Boy
  11. The English Dancing Master: John Come Kiss Me Now
  12. The English Dancing Master: Newcastle
  13. Terpsichore (arr. for chamber ensemble): Branle double
  14. Branle de Montirande
  15. Branle de la torche
  16. Johnny Faa
  17. Chanter's Song
  18. O'Keefe's Slide
  19. Sixpenny Money
  20. Ten Penny Bit
  21. Clare Jig
  22. Sycamore
  23. Indigo Road
  24. Consort Lessons, Book 1: My Lord of Oxenford's Maske
  25. Jane Pickering Lute Book, 1616: The Queen's Table
  26. Le Gratie d'Amore: Bianfo Fiore
  27. Le Gratie d'Amore: Catena d'amore
  28. So ben mi chi ha bon tempo
  29. Consort Lessons, Book 1: Joyne hands
  30. Thomas Wode's Partbooks: Paven
  31. Dublin Virginal: Galliard
  32. Green Garters
  33. Caledonian Pocket Companion: Pentland Hills
  34. Straloch Lute Book: Whip my Toudie
  35. Remember me at Evening
  36. Skene Mandora: A Scot's Tune
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