Courtly Noyse Recordings of Medieval and Renaissance Music

Although you could order our CD here, here are a few pieces for you to listen to now. These are live recordings, some at concerts, some in one of our living rooms. You may hear people coughing, etc.

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Widmann Dances Erasmus Widmann (1572 - 1634) wrote a set of dances named Musikalischen Tugendspiegel. He named each of them after a woman: Margaretha, Johanna, Anna, Regina, Clara, Catharina, Sophia, etc.
Here are Margaretha and Johanna played on recorders, viola da gamba and tambourine.
Vecchie Letrose Adrian Willaert, born in c. 1490 in the Flemish region of Belgium, went to Paris to study law in the early 1500s, but switched to music. Around 1515 he moved to Rome, where he was selected as maestro di cappella of St. Mark's in Venice.
We use krummhorns, tambourine and a sopranino recorder on this piece.
Thieving old crones, you are good for nothing
But setting traps around the town square.
Pull, pull on the knocker,
Thieving old crones, crazy old cut-throats.
Recercada segunda One of several Recercadas written by Diego Ortiz (c. 1510 - 1570). Performed on viola da gamba and mandolin.
Une m’avoit promis Adrian Le Roy (1520 - 1598) Le Roy and his cousin founded a printing firm and received the royal privilege to print music, giving the company legal protection and prestige. By the 1570s "Le Roy & Ballard" had a monopoly on the business. This gave Le Roy the time to compose music, of which "Une m'avoit promis" is one.

She promised me a good time with all her friends, but she deceived me
A un Niño llorando Francisco Guerrero (1528 - 1599) was appointed music directory (maestro de capilla) in 1545 at the young age of 17. He traveled to Portugal, Italy, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, was captured by pirates and held for ransom, spent time in debtor's prison, wrote a book, wrote music, and died in the plague of 1599.
We perform A un Niño llorando using voices, mandolin, gemshorns, and viola da gamba.

Interview on "Inside Art" by Dave Drexler on KSDS: