A Dance in the Garden of Mirth

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

Contents:

  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
Miracles
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
Cancionero
Music from the Court of the Catholic Monarchs
Dufay Collective
Avie Records 0005
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