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The Chaucer Songbook / Carol Wood


Release Date: 05/01/2000 
Label:  Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog #: 3038   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousGuillaume de MachautGeoffrey ChaucerRoy Henry,   ... 
Performer:  Carol WoodSylvia HankinLaurie RobertsonTina Wing,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Dating back to the 14th century, the folkloric harp was used in poetry and song for its beautiful warmth of tone and graceful accompaniment abilities. Towards the end of the century, the harp's popularity began to wane with the introduction of the lute. In the eye's of Chaucer, the harp remained superior--the most aristocratic of solo instruments, particularly when used with poetry.
Music from THE CHAUCER SONGBOOK is an ancient portrait of an art form brought to life by medieval scholar Carol Wood. Lighting up the strange and often dark notions of an era misunderstood, Wood impressively brings together musicians who have paid meticulous attention in presenting these early songs. Including a mixture of sacred and secular music, the
Read more interpretations are realistic, boasting clear arrangements of Celtic and English melodies. Delicate performances by vocalists Ross Allured, Laurie Robertson, and Tina Wing are lyrical against a backdrop of flutes, percussion and keyboards. Connoisseurs of medieval music will delight in these new renditions of tunes that keep with the aspects of Chaucer's works. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Angelus ad Virginem by Anonymous
Performer:  Carol Wood (Voice), Sylvia Hankin (Percussion), Carol Wood (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; England 
Notes: Arranged: Carol Wood 
2.
Symlen Ben-bys by Anonymous
Performer:  Carol Wood (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: Wales, UK 
Notes: Arranged: Carol Wood 
3.
Nes que on porroit by Guillaume de Machaut
Performer:  Laurie Robertson (Voice), Sylvia Hankin (Percussion), Carol Wood (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; France 
Notes: Arranged: Carol Wood 
4.
King Orfeo by Anonymous
Performer:  Carol Wood (Harp), Carol Wood (Keyboard), Tina Wing (Voice)
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Carol Wood 
5.
My Lief Is Faren in a Londe by Geoffrey Chaucer
Performer:  Carol Wood (Voice), Carol Wood (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; England 
Notes: Arranged: Carol Wood
This selection is a setting of Geoffrey Chaucer's words to the medieval melody "My cares Comen Ever Anewe." Another setting of these words is performed on this CD. This entry refers to the one listed as "Melody One." 
6.
My Lief Is Faren in a Londe by Geoffrey Chaucer
Performer:  Sylvia Hankin (Percussion), Carol Wood (Voice), Carol Wood (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; England 
Notes: Arranged: Carol Wood
This selection is a setting of Geoffrey Chaucer's words to the medieval
melody "Man Mai Longe Lives Weene." Another setting of these words is
performed on this CD. This entry refers to the one listed as "Melody Two." 
7.
Sanctus by Roy Henry
Performer:  Carol Wood (Keyboard)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Notes: Transcribed: Carol Wood 
8.
Alma Redemptoris mater by Anonymous
Performer:  Laurie Robertson (Voice), Carol Wood (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 10th Century 
Notes: Arranged: Carol Wood 
9.
The Pear Tree by Geoffrey Chaucer
Performer:  Carol Wood (Harp), Ross Allured (Voice)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; England 
Notes: Arranged: Carol Wood
This selection is a setting of Geoffrey Chaucer's words to the medieval
carol "Pray for Us." 
10.
I Have a Gentil Cock by Geoffrey Chaucer
Performer:  Carol Wood (Harp), Sylvia Hankin (Percussion), Ross Allured (Voice)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; England 
Notes: Arranged: Carol Wood
This selection is a setting of Geoffrey Chaucer's words to the medieval
carol "I Pray You All." 
11.
Ich Am of Irlaunde by Anonymous
Performer:  Carol Wood (Voice), Sylvia Hankin (Percussion), Charles Coley (Recorder),
Carol Wood (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: Ireland 
Notes: Arranged: Carol Wood
This selection is a setting of a medieval lyric to the medieval carol "Benedicte Deo." 
12.
Edi be thu, heven-queenë by Anonymous
Performer:  Sylvia Hankin (Percussion), Carol Wood (Voice), Carol Wood (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1270; England 
Notes: Arranged: Carol Wood 
13.
Roundel of the Birds by Geoffrey Chaucer
Performer:  Charles Coley (Recorder), Carol Wood (Voice), Carol Wood (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; England 
Notes: Arranged: Carol Wood
This selection is a setting of Geoffrey Chaucer's words to Guillaume de Machaut's melody from "Le lay de plour." 
14.
The Welsh Harper: The King's Note by John Parry
Performer:  Carol Wood (Harp)
Period: Romantic 
Written: England 
15.
Maid in the Moor by Anonymous
Performer:  Sylvia Hankin (Percussion), Carol Wood (Harp), Carol Wood (Voice)
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Carol Wood 
16.
Alma Redemptoris mater by Anonymous
Performer:  Carol Wood (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: 10th Century 
Notes: Transcribed: Carol Wood 
17.
Glenkindie by Anonymous
Performer:  Charles Coley (Flute), Tina Wing (Voice), Tina Wing (Guitar),
Carol Wood (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: England 
Notes: Arranged: Carol Wood 

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