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Of Arms and a Woman: Late Medieval Wind Music | First Hand Records FHR069

Of Arms and a Woman: Late Medieval Wind Music

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Label: First Hand Records

Cat No: FHR069

Barcode: 5060216347769

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 1st February 2019

Contents

Artists

Blondel

Artists

Blondel

About

‘Of Arms and a Woman’ is a chronicle of love, loss, chivalry and memory built around the late medieval wind music of Dufay, Binchois, Ciconia, Landini and Machaut, performed on shawms, slide trumpet, recorders, sackbut, bagpipes and percussion.

The album is inspired by the writing of Christine de Pisan, whose work touched on every aspect of courtly life, from romantic poetry to military strategy and feminist critiques of the position of women in society. It includes rousing calls to battle, arresting love songs, and the heartbreakingly beautiful Dueil angoisseux, the only contemporary musical settng of any of de Pisan’s poems.

In 1410 Christine de Pizan (1364-1430) produced an extraordinary book called The Book of Faytes of Arms and of Chivalrye: a manual on modern warfare. In her lifetime, Christine was accepted as one of the foremost writers and thinkers in Europe. Her reputation today rests on her determination to give women a voice, and it is this that sets her apart from her contemporaries.

Blondel performs ceremonial fanfares and intimate chansons, dances and theatre music on shawns, bagpipes, recorders, curtals and a variety of percussion, all of which are reconstructions of historical instruments. Blondel’s past performances include concerts at the Cheltenham Festival and the Cambridge Early Music Festival. Members of Blondel on this recording have performed with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Gabrieli Consort and Players, the London Contemporary Orchestra, I Fagiolini, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Freiburger Barockorchester.

Blondel:
- Louise Anna Duggan (drums)
- Emily Baines (recorder)
- Daniel Serafni (Baroque trumpet)
- Lizzie Gutteridge (recorder)
- Belinda Paul (recorder)

Tracklisting:
1. Se le face ay pale
2. Or me veult bien Esperance
3. Belle, veulliés moy retenir
4. O rosa bella
5. Les tres doulx ieux du viaire ma dame
6. A Cheval, tout homme, a cheval
7. Réveillez vous Piccars
8. Gardes le trait della fenestre
9. Dueil angoisseus
10. Le ray au soleyl
11. Tout par compas
12. Ay mi! dame de valour
13. Corps femenin
14. Le Souvenir de vous me tue
15. Le Serviteur hault guerdonné
16. Le Serviteur hault guerdonné
17. De quan qu’on peut
18. Anxci bon youre
19. Adiu, adiu, dous dame
20. La Spagna
21. Pues serviçio Cançion contrahecha
22. Allez à la fougere
23. L’homme armé
24. Files a marier

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