Performers: Monica Huggett (violin), Emilia Benjamin (violin), Sarah Cunningham (viol), Gary Cooper (organ)
Playing time: 60'
Recording date: November 1996 (Chesterton)
Christopher Simpson (c.1605-1669) is perhaps best known for his treatises on music theory and viol playing, especially improvising divisions, but his other unpublished compositions have been relatively neglected. The Monthes (c.1669), which also have a companion set called The Seasons, are a series of twelve fantasias for two trebles and bass part, including a real continuo. They are apparently the first such works in England. The style is a composite of such innovative elements as continuo and the programmatic titles with more old-fashioned compositional idioms.
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