Inns of Court CD & Book
This music is sold with a royalty going to the musicians.
You can buy the CD and booklet from Greg Lindahl, Trahaearn & Janelyn, Del or myself.
I am selling that CD and many others. Please check my
CD Offer web page for more information.
The booklet is on-line in
HP-PCL format (ZIPped) for laser printers.
Greg Lindahl has put the concordance
and introduction on
his web page.
To contact the authors you can email them at:
Here is the original offer posted to the SCA dance group:
Now available: a CD of music for Dances from the Inns of Court, and a
companion booklet with historical data, reconstruction notes, and dance
As the culmination of our recent research on dances that were performed at
Inns of Court in London between 1570 and 1675, we produced a booklet which
* An introductory article: discusses historical background on the Inns
(providing cultural context for these dances), information about the period
sources, and a discussion of the process of reconstructing these dances.
Includes bibliography and discography.
* 10 Dance pages: Each page has one dance on it, with a reconstruction of the
dance, period melody line, original text, specific notes about the
reconstruction, and information about available recordings of the music.
* A concordance of dance descriptions: For the eight dances of the Old
Measures, we have created a concordance, which puts all the different texts
(6 different sources for most dances) in a tabular form for easy
cross-comparison. This concordance is based on Wilson's transcription, which
corrects some errors in Cunningham's work.
In preparing the discography for this project, we discovered that there are
very few available recordings of the music for these dances. Musicke for
Dauncinge (the companion tape to the Pugliese and Casazza book) had 11
but it's been out of print for a while. Other than that, there were a _few_
available recordings of Black Alman, Queen's Alman, Quadran Pavan, and Madame
Sosilia, but you had to scrape a bit to find them.
So, we challenged our local musicians to a project. They have produced a CD
dance music for this repertoire, which includes ten dances. Each dance has
versions, one version with the number of repeats prescribed by the period
sources (typically one or two) and one version with 4 repeats (which we've
found to be the most workable number... long enough to give dancers a chance
to gain familiarity with the dance and relax into it a bit, but not so long
to bore people). The music is played on recorders, vielle, shawm, harp, and
hurdy gurdy, and it's all been extensively play-tested by our local dancers.
It's got a nice enjoyable sound, and, even better, it's all workable to dance
These items can be ordered for $10.00 (includes CD, booklet, and
postage). The CD itself is $6.00.
Our physical address is: Peter and Janelle Durham,
14025 NE 6th Pl, Bellevue, WA 98007
Trahaearn and Janelyn / Peter and Janelle
Note: These files are only sound "bites" of the actual songs because a royalty must be paid for a copy of the music
|Alman Madam Sosilia||MP3|
|Earl of Essex Measure||MP3|
Recording Copyright (c) 1997 Jouissance
Arrangements (c) 1990, 1991 Joseph Casazza, used with permission
Additional arrangements (c) 1997 Laurel Uhlig, Joanne Andrus, Pat Reed
Recording by Gary Uhlig and Glen Uhlig, 1997.
Digital editing and mastering by Peter Durham.
Dance advisers: Peter and Janelle Durham, and Madrone Dance Guild.
A companion booklet is available, which includes historical information on the Inns of Court, a concordance of primary sources, and reconstructions of all of the dances.
$3 from Peter and Janelle Durham
Jouissance was formed in1994 as a dance band to accompany the Madrone Dance Guild of the Scoiety for Creative Anachronism. Its members have performed at many Renaissance faires and weddings in the Seattle area, for the Seattle Recorder Society, the Washington Shakespearean Festival, and the annual Folklife Festival.
Laurel Uhlig: Sopranino, Soprano, Alto, Tenor & Bass Recorders, Treble Shawm, Celtic Harp, Vielle, Drum
Joanne Andrus: Soprano, Alto & Tenor Recorders, Hurdy-gurdies, Claves
Patricia Reed: Alto & Bass Recorders, Tamborine, Zils, Drum
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