Music for a Medieval Day

Music for a Medieval Day
Music of the cloister, cathedral, court, marketplace, and countryside
New York Pro Musica - Noah Greenberg & John Reeves White, dir.
Decca "Horizon" DL 34541


  1. Te deum laudamus

  2. Anon., late 13th c,
  3. I. Maria, virgo virginum
    Anon., early 14th c., Missa "Tournai"
    II. Sanctus
    Anon., 14th c., Ivrea Codex
    III. Ite, missa est
    Post missarum sollemnia
    Post misse modulamina

  4. Alfonso el Sabio (attr.): Cantigas de Santa Maria
  5. I. CSM 1: Des oge mais quer' eu trobar (instr.)
    CSM 166: Como poden per sas culpas os omes seer contreitos,
    Walther von der Vogelweide
    II. Nu alrest (Crusader's song)

  6. Anon., England, 13th c., Bodleian Library
  7. I.English Dance
    Richard Coeur-de-Lion
    II. Ja nun hons pris
    Anon., England, 13th c.
    III. Rota: Sumer is icumen in

  8. ----
    Anon., 13th c.: Two motets on "In seculum"
  9. I. A. In seculum viellatoris
    I. B. Hoquetus in seculum
    Anon., 13th c.
    II. Motet: S'on me regarde - Prennés i garde - He! mi enfant

  10. Guillaume de Machaut
  11. A. Triple Ballade: De triste cuer - Quant vrais amans - Certes, je di
    B. Virelai: Douce dame jolie

  12. John Dunstable
  13. I. O rosa bella
    Anon., ca 1415
    II. English Carol: Deo Gracias (The Agincourt Song)

  14. Guillaume Dufay
  15. Canzona: Vergine bella

  16. Guillaume Dufay: Motet for dedication of the cathedral in Florence (1436)
  17. Nuper rosarum flores

Playing time: ??' ??"

New York Pro Musica
Sheila Schonbrun (soprano), Elizabeth Humes (soprano), Earnest Murphy (counter-tenor), Ray De Voll (tenor), Arthur Burrows (baritone), Anthony Tamburello (bass), LaNoue Davenport (recorder, krummhorn, sackbut), Shelly Gruskin (flute, recorder, krummhorn, rauschpfeife), Judith Davidoff (vielle, bass viola da gamba), Edward Smith (organetto, regal, psaltery), Christopher Williams (lute, recorder, krummhorn)
with earlier members of New York Pro Musica: Russell Oberlin (counter-tenor), Charles Bressler (tenor), Gordon Myers (baritone), Paul Maynard (organetto, bell carillon), Martha Blackburn (viol), Arthur Squires (viol), Barbara Mueser (viol), Bernard Krainis (recorder)
Noah Greenberg, dir. (in [1], [2.I], [3.I], [7.II]-[8])
John Reeves, dir. (in [2.II]-[2.III], [3.II]-[7.I], [9])

Recording site and date:
Various sites [1957-1968]

Excerpts (from original release):
[1] Decca "Gold Label" DL 9402 The Play of Daniel
[2.I], [3.I] Decca "Gold Label" DL 9416 Spanish Medieval Music: Twelve Cantigas de Santa Maria - Liturgy of Santiago de Compostela - Mass in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary
[2.II]-[2.III], [3.II]-[4], [7.I], [9] Probably original material under the direction of John Reeves White
[5]-[6] Decca "Gold Label" DL 79431 Ah Sweet Lady - The Romance of Medieval France: Chansons, Ballades and Virelais of Guillaume de Machaut and Anonymous Compositions of the 13th Century
[7.II] Decca "Gold Label" DL 9418 Medieval English Carols and Medieval Dances
[8] Decca "Gold Label" DL 9400 Music of Medieval Court and Countryside (for the christmas season)

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