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A Perfect Harmonie: Elizabethan Lute Duets
John Dowland, Thomas Robinson, John Johnson
A Perfect Harmonie: Elizabethan Lute Duets
Genre: Classical
 
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A Perfecte Harmonie - Elizabethan Lute Duets Delicate lute duets which conjure images of an expensively draped Tudor room where musicians play quietly in one corner as the fading winter sun streams through a stained glass ...  more »

      
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All Artists: John Dowland, Thomas Robinson, John Johnson, Thomas Crequillon, and others, Martin Souter, Lynda Sayce & Matthew Spring
Title: A Perfect Harmonie: Elizabethan Lute Duets
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Label: The Gift of Music
Release Date: 3/4/2005
Genre: Classical
Style: Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 658592110326

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A Perfecte Harmonie - Elizabethan Lute Duets Delicate lute duets which conjure images of an expensively draped Tudor room where musicians play quietly in one corner as the fading winter sun streams through a stained glass window, creating colours and reflections which are mirrored in the twists, turns and melodies of this elegant music. Lute playing was a favourite pastime of the leisured classes and the wealthy in Tudor England, and publications such as Robinson's 'The Schoole of Musicke' flourished. Equivalent publications appeared throughout Europe, all providing instruction and advice on music making, normally of both a practical and social nature. Such instructions books appeared for other instruments, too. In the late seventeenth century Francois Couperin was giving plenty of advice not only on how to play the harpsichord, but also on how to sit at the instrument for the best effect! Our collection of Elizabethan lute duets includes music by the important and famous composers of the day, not only from England, but also further afield. The Tudor court was famous for its music and for employing a large number of Italian musicians throughout the sixteenth century. The latter tracks on this album are therefore by European composers of the period, and feature primarily arrangements of famous songs and choral music of the day. Many pieces are anonymous, often with a Spanish flavour, but in some instances we have indicated where the music is found, to provide a context of time and place.