An Evening at the Theatre: English Stage and Dance Music | Ramee RAM2002

An Evening at the Theatre: English Stage and Dance Music

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Label: Ramee

Cat No: RAM2002

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 12th November 2021

Contents

Artists

The Theater of Music

Conductor

Marion Ferme

Artists

The Theater of Music

Conductor

Marion Ferme

About

An Evening at the Theatre is a reconstruction of the musical part of a masque as it might have been performed in a London theatre around 1685. The English masque, inspired in part by the commedia dell’arte and French ballet, was a courtly entertainment combining instrumental music, dance, theatre, song and pantomime; it enjoyed its greatest popularity between 1560 and 1640, during the reigns of Elizabeth I and Charles I. English art music, John Playford’s country dances and Scottish folk music had their place in the same musical event. The antemasque, a ‘Spectacle of Strangeness’, where grotesque costumes and exaggerated gestures by professional actors were used to embody witches, furies and exotic animals, was played in the midst of the performance. Our programme bears the traces of this courtly musical heritage but is set in a later period during which musical styles were in transition.

Works by John Playford, William Lawes, Nicola Matteis, Jacob van Eyck, Matthew Locke, Tobias Hume and anonymous traditional tunes

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