Renaissance Music ~ c. 1420-1650
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On Nowstar Renaissance are samples of music from the 15th to 17th century representing the Renaissance period in music.  Each country at the time presented distinct stylings of this period music.  Selections are from the English, French, Italian, and Spanish Renaissance.

The page follows the same general style as my other music pages - Russian and Andean/Latin AmericaMost of the music is from rare out-of-print vinyl LPs. CD reissues are noted if available. Music will stream (wma) to your player: Windows Media, etc. or various Linux players

NEW - Short Lute Piece
- recorded 1972 - Quattuor Testudinis ("Four Lutes")
NEW - Plein jeu -
Louis-Nicolas Clérambault - Pierre Froidebise, organ (Nonesuch H-71020)
NEW - Plein jeu -
Louis Marchand - Pierre Froidebise, organ (Nonesuch H-71020)
Sweet Kate -
Robert Jones - 1577-1615. This is a period "hit song" of which there are jillions of interpretations. This is my favorite version.  See what you think.  Lyrics
Belle Qui Tiens Ma Vie -
pavane by French composer Thoinot Arbeau (1519-1595). Another period "hit" with many interpretations. My favorite version. Lyrics
Rodrigo Martinez Villancico from Cancionero de Palacio - Anonymous 15th Century
from CD "Hermes Invention" Ensemble La Volta  
Tarantelle Napoletane Tradizionali -
Marco Beasley, tenor - an Italian tarantella, a dance form dating back as far as 1100.  Marco Beasley is a wonderfully entertaining vocalist.  His group is Accordone

Hanacpachap cussicuinin - Thought to be the first multi-voiced music composed in the New World, this simple but intriguing piece is found in a collection of sacred music compiled in 1631, but was likely written some years earlier...More info  Lyrics  San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble
La púrpura de la rosa (The Blood of the Rose) - First staged in 1659 in Peru, this is the New World's first known opera composition. The brief clip is from the music by Torrejón y Velasco.  More info about this early opera is available by searching on the Internet.  There are occasional contemporary performances. CD  More info
Song "En Los Montes"  from early opera La púrpura de la rosa

Pastime with Good Company -
New World Renaissance Band with Owain Phyfe History and lyrics CD
Though Philomela Lost Her Love - Thomas Morley (1557-1603) - The Renaissance Quartet/Project 3 PR 7000SD
A Robyn, Gentil Robyn - William Cornysh (Died 1523)  The Renaissance Quartet
Farewell, Dear Love - Robert Jones (16th century)  The Renaissance Quartet
Remember, O Thou Man - Thomas Ravenscroft (1592-1635)  The Renaissance Quartet
O Mistresse Mine - Thomas Morley (1557-1603)  The Renaissance Quartet
Chants of Sarum - A collaboration between harpsichordist Mary Jane Newman and the choral group Parthenia VII. Attempts to recreate the Use of Sarum, a semi-independent medieval liturgy that developed out of the Church of Salisbury (Sarum to the ancient Celts and Romans) and spread across Catholic churches in the British Isles until the time of Henry VIII. This pretty sample is entitled "Jesu, Son of Mary". CD
The Cut-Purse - a tune about Elizabethan pickpockets ("cutpurse"), a plague of the day - Toronto Consort
Witches' Dance
- Anonymous -The Renaissance Quartet/Project 3 PR 7000SD
Tickle my Toe - 16th century English Renaissance dance tune
To Drive the Cold Winter Away -  
c.1625  Owain Phyfe live with friends  CD
We Be Soliders Three -
Owain Phyfe live - from Thomas Ravenscroft 'Deuteromelia' (1609)
Cold and Raw
The Baltimore Consort Dorian 90155
Gloucestershire Wassail - Traditional - Lyrics and notation
Waverly Consort (Virgin Classics 55193)


Sing we And Chant It
- Shall I Sue All Creatures Now
Say, Love - Hark All Ye Lovely Saints - Rest, Sweet Nymphs
All madrigals above from Nonesuch H-71097 collection

Gavotte from Atys - Jean Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)
Lamoureux Orchestra and Wind Ensemble/Armand Birbaum
Philips PHC9036
L'arboscello ballo furlano - Pierre Phalèse (1510-1573)
Branle - Claude Gervaise (16th century)
Two pieces above are from RCA Victrola VICS-1328
Branle de montirandé - Antoine Francisque (1570-1605)
Rafael Puyana/(CD)
Louis-Claude Daquin short pieces performed by Anthony Newman - purists would note that Daquin is just outside the Renaissance period, but I include his delightful music anyway
Noel 6 -- Noel 12 -- Noel 8 -- Noel 1

Que dises, mei bon fraire - 16th century song from French Provence/Terra Nova Consort
(Dorian 90269)
J'ai vu le loup (I Saw the Wolf) - Baltimore Consort Dorian 90177
Branle gai - The wind instrument is a shawm.  Pierre Attaingnant (circa 1494 - 1551)
Lawrence-King, Harp Consort CD
O l'heureuse journée - Anonymous carol from Avignon, France c. 1600
Boston Camerata CD

Ayo visto lo mappamundi - Italian Renaissance, Waverly Consort CD
("I've seen the map of the world") The tune is pretty. It was inspired by the explorer voyages of the 15th century, which had sad dire consequences for indigenous populations of the day.

La frescobalda - Pavana alla veneziana - Gagliarda
Virginal soloist Blanche Winogron/Counterpoint 5516
An Italian Rant - Baltimore Consort Dorian 90238

Nashville Early Music Ensemble - NEME
Oy comamos y bebamos -
Juan del Encina - lively and fun (see more versions below)
Gaudete  --  Fum Fum Fum  --   Con el vito

Oy comamos y bebamos - Juan del Encina - lively and fun - Renaissance band and singers
Oy comamos y bebamos -
Juan del Encina - same piece as above Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Rodrigo Martinez - Anonymous 15th Century - Spanish Renaissance Kings Singers  Lyrics
Folia - an early Folia (improvisational method with a simple melody in minor key)
Yo soy la locura - Henri de Bailly - French passacaglia style but sung in Spanish
La Tarantela - Atrium Musicae de Madrid

E la don don - The Renaissance Quartet/Project 3 PR 7000SD
Vésame y abràcame - New York ProMusica/Decca DL9409
Riu chiu is a 16th century Spanish villancico (carol) arranged in a South American folkloric style. Here are 7 versions of it. Like to sing along?? Here are the lyrics.
Ríu chíu - Nashville Early Music Ensemble - NEME
Ríu chíu - Cuarteto Zupay
Ríu chíu - Chanticleer
Ríu chíu - The Monkees with Chip Davis (performed in their Christmas 1967 episode)
Ríu chíu - The Monkees with Davy
Ríu chíu - Eric Tingstad
Ríu chíu - Unknown Instumental

Hachas - Popular Variations - Villancete - Seguidilla - Huete
Nicanor Zabaleta, soloist/Counterpoint 509 and 5542
Marionas - Tarantela - Luz y Norte/Lucas Ribavaz (CD)
A la nanita - La magarideta - El pobre alegre
Madrigal Chorus of Madrid/Odyssey 32160148


Can't Help Falling In Love With You - a 1986 celtic rock take on the Elvis standard - Lick the Tins
Farewell to Nova Scotia - The Buccaneers

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See also:
+ Boleadora - music of the Andes
+ Richka - folk music and dance from Russia and other northern regions

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