A Dance in the Garden of Mirth

A Dance in the Garden of Mirth
The Dufay Collective
Chandos 9320


  1. Istanpitta
  2. La prime estampie real
  3. La ultime estampie real
  4. La seconde estampie royal
  5. La tierche estampie roial
  6. Danse
  7. Retrouve
  8. Trotto - Salterello
  9. La quinte estampie
  10. Istanpitta 'Belicha'
  11. Istanpitta 'Isabella'
  12. Salterello

The Dufay Collective

Paul Bevan, Giles Lewin, William Lyons, Raphael Mizraki, Susanna Pell, Peter Skuce

Playing time: 61'

Recording date: November 1993

Nathan Wilkes

Bizarrely enough, I have seen the Dufay Collective's recordings filed under the composer Dufay. However, this is a recording devoted to medieval dances, in modernized versions.

Other recordings by the present ensemble:

Music for Alfonso the Wise
Dufay Collective
Harmonia Mundi USA 907390
The Play of Daniel
The Dufay Collective
Harmonia Mundi 907479
Thirteenth-century Spanish Songs in Praise of the Virgin Mary
Dufay Collective / Vivien Ellis
Chandos 9513
On the Banks of the Seine
Music of the Trouvères
Dufay Collective
Chandos 9544
Johnny, Cock thy Beaver
Popular music making in seventeenth-century England
Dufay Collective
Chandos 9446
Miri it is
Songs & Instrumental Music from Medieval England
Dufay Collective
Chandos 9396
Music from the Court of the Catholic Monarchs
Dufay Collective
Avie Records 0005
I have set my hert so hy
Dufay Collective / Voice Trio - William Lyons
Avie Records 2286
A L'Estampida
Medieval Dance Music
Dufay Collective
Continuum 1042

The surviving dance repertory from medieval times is rather small. Some other recordings devoted to the dances from France:

Istanpitta! II
w/ French & English Estampies of the 13th century
New York's Ensemble for Early Music - Frederick Renz
Lyrichord 8022
Dansse Real
Las Piezas instrumentales del Chansonnier du Roi
Grupo Cinco Siglos
Fonoruz 270
Estampies et Danses Royales du Moyen-&acir;ge
Ensemble d'instruments anciens Loïndana
Pierre Vérany 7 90 043

Most of the dances on the present program are French, but some are Italian. A citation of Italian dances, leading to several other quality citations:

Dança Amorosa
Danze italiane del medioevo
Ensemble Modo Antiquo - Bettina Hoffmann / Frederico Maria Sardelli
Opus 111 30-142

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Todd M. McComb