Illuminations Vol 1


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Orpheus Music

Composer: Clarke - Zana

Instrumentation: Descant/Treble/Tenor - solos and various combinations

Period/genre: Medieval

Grade: Moderate

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*Medieval Pieces.* A selection of 26 Mediaeval Melodies arranged for differing combinations of recorders. A lovely work with illustrations and notes produced on parchment paper.

1. Polorum regina
2. Souvent souspire
3. La manfredina & Lar rotta della Manfredina
4. Kalenda maya
5. Quen a omagen da Virgen
6. Como poden
7. Tels rit au main qui soir pleure
8. Nu alrest
9. Chancona tedescha
10. Danse
11. A quarte estampie royal
12. Esta e de loor de Santa Maria
13. Ad mortem festinamus
14. Quand je voi yver retorner
15. Los set goyts
16. Salterello
17. Ja nun hons pris (Duet)
18. A cantar (Duet)
19. Ecco la primavera (Duet)
20. Stella splendens (Duet)
21. Nota 1 (Duet)
22. Nota 2 (Duet)
23. Nota 3 (Duet)
24. Alle psallite (Trio)
25. Mariam metrem (Trio)
26. Congaudeant catholici (Trio)

_Part 32 pp._

  • Reviews
  • Zana Clarke - Illuminations Vol 1, OMP017

    This collection of twenty-six pieces is mainly monophonic, with seven two-part pieces and three trios. Many of them will already be familiar melodies, available in other collection, but I was pleased to discover a number which i did not already know. They are presented in a simple form, not arranged with particular instruments in mind, and Zana Clarke begins with some interesting suggestions for performance, based on her own experiences. 

    There are troubador songs, anonymous dances, Landini's Ecco la primavera, and numerous other pieces by famous names (not forgetting Anonymous!). I would have liked to have had the words as well, however these pieces do sound well on instruments alone and this may well be this book's message. 

    This book is beautifully produced, using vellum-coloured heavy paper, and is liberally illustrated with familiar images from manuscripts sources. It would make an excellent gift as well as being a simple introduction to the medieval repertoire. 

    Alyson Lewin, The Recorder Magazine, Autumn 2000. 

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