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Fortune My Foe - Music Of Shakespeare's Time / Les Witches


Release Date: 07/13/1999 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 93182   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousJohn DowlandJohn PlayfordMaurice Webster,   ... 
Performer:  Pascale BoquetFreddy Eichelberger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The life of the itinerant musician during the reign of Elizabeth I was not a happy one. In 1572, Elizabeth's government enacted a law that banned all musicians, actors and vagabonds who were not attached to aristocratic families. Because of this repression, many musicians packed up their lutes and recorders and went overseas to more tolerant courts in Denmark and Northern Germany. These musicians also brought with them enormously popular English ballad tunes. These tunes took root in foreign lands and inspired Northern European composers like Sweelinck, Praetorius and Scheidt.
This recording by the ensemble Les Witches presents a set of tuneful English ballads in their simplest, harmonized versions. As an added treat the ensemble,
Read more comprised of violin, recorder, lute, and harpsichord, improvise on a number of the tunes. The greatest composers of the Elizabethan era are presented, including Dowland, Morley, Johnson, and the wonderfully named Nicholas le Strange. Les Witches are superb instrumentalists and their performances are colored with exuberant energy and, when necessary, a touch of melancholy. This is an ideal introduction to the unique sound of the English Renaissance ballad. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fortune my foe by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Lachrimae or Seaven Teares: The King of Denmarks Galiard by John Dowland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1604; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3.
Go From My Window by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
4.
Market is done by Anonymous
Performer:  Pascale Boquet (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1620; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5.
Bony sweet boy by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
6.
The English Dancing Master: Kemps Jegg by John Playford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1651; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
7.
Robin is to the greenwood gone by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
8.
Mascarada by Maurice Webster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1621; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Thomas Simpson 
9.
The furies by Nicholas L'Estrange
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1624; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 
10.
The second Witches dance by Nicholas L'Estrange
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1624; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
11.
Satyrn Dance by William Brade
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
12.
Browning by Anonymous
Performer:  Freddy Eichelberger (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
13.
Lachrimae Pavan, P 15 by John Dowland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 15 Secs. 
14.
The Ladyes Second Masque by Nicholas L'Estrange
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1624; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
15.
The Ladyes First Masque by Nicholas L'Estrange
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1624; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
16.
Joyne hands by Thomas Morley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1599; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
17.
The bells by Thomas Robinson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1603; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
18.
My Lord of Oxenfordes Maske by Thomas Morley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1599; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
19.
Nymphs Dance by William Brade
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1617 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
20.
The Standing Masque by Nicholas L'Estrange
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1624; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Ballette Graves." 
21.
Ballette Graves by Nicholas L'Estrange
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1624; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "The Standing Masque." 
22.
Muirland Willie by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
23.
The Noble man's masque tune by Robert Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
24.
Witches dances (2): no 1 by Robert Johnson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
25.
Graysin by John Coprario
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
26.
Packington's Pound by Michael Praetorius
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Witches
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  National Conservatory, Poitiers, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 43 Secs. 

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