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March 31, 2020
Christopher Verrette, violin, plays divisions by Davis Mell on John Come Kiss Me Now and anonymous divisions on Johnny Cock Thy Beaver from Playford's The Division Violin accompanied by The Musicians In Ordinary Renaissance Violin Band: Matt Antal, Brandon Chui, Sheila Smyth, violas, Laura Jones, bass violin and John Edwards, lute.
March 27, 2020
Deanne Williams and John Edwards discuss John Milton's Comus, The Lady, Alice Egerton, her experience and her exemplars as a performer. The Musicians In Ordinary Renaissance Violin Band (Matt Antal, Brandon Chui & Sheila Smyth, violas, Laura Jones, bass violin, John Edwards, lute, led by Christopher Verrette, violin) plays Davis Mell's divisions on John Come Kiss Me Now and the anonymous Johnny Cock Thy Beaver.
March 24, 2020
The Musicians In Ordinary Renaissance Violin Band plays Antiq Masque by John Coprario, and the Robert Johnson's First Witches' Dance and Second Witches Dance from The Masque of Queens by Ben Jonson, probably revived in Middleton's The Witch and Shakespeare's Macbeth. The MIO Violin Band is Matt Antal, Brandon Chui, Sheila Smyth, violas, Laura Jones, bass violin, John Edwards, lute, led by Christopher Verrette, violin.
March 20, 2020
Dr. Natalia Khomenko, Lecturer at York Univ. and VK Preston, Asst. Prof. at Univ. of Toronto’s Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies, talk about depictions of witches in 16th and 17th century England and France. The Musicians In Ordinary Renaissance Violin Band (Matt Antal, Brandon Chui & Sheila Smyth, violas, Laura Jones, bass violin, John Edwards, lute, led by Christopher Verrette, violin) plays John Coprario’s Antiq Masque and Robert Johnson’s First & Second Witches’ Dances.
March 17, 2020
The Musicians In Ordinary Renaissance Violin Band plays The King of Denmark's Galliard from John Dowland's Lachrimae or Seven Tears, The Fairy Round from Anthony Holborne's Pavans, Galliards etc., Sir Henry Umpton's Funeral (Dowland) and Paradizo, or The Countess of Pembroke's Paradise (Holborne). Special guest Felix Deak, (viola da gamba) plays Deth by Tobias Hume. The MIO Violin Band is Matt Antal, Brandon Chui, Sheila Smyth, violas, Laura Jones, bass violin, John Edwards, lute, led by Christopher Verrette, violin.
March 13, 2020
Prof. Tom Bishop (Univ. of Auckland) talks about Shakespeare’s Pericles. Prof. Linda Austern (Northwestern U.) talks about music and medicine in the 17th century. Felix Deak plays Deth by Tobias Hume. The Musicians In Ordinary Renaissance Violin Band (Matt Antal, Brandon Chui & Sheila Smyth, violas, Laura Jones, bass violin, John Edwards, lute, led by Christopher Verrette, violin) plays Dowland’s King of Denmarks Galiard & Sir Henry Umptons Funerall and Holborne’s Fairie Round & Paradizo.
March 10, 2020
The Musicians In Ordinary Renaissance String Band, (Matt Antal, Brandon Chui and Sheila Smyth, violas, Laura Jones, bass violin, John Edwards, lute, led by Christopher Verrette, violin) plays John Coprario's dances from The Lord's Masque in versions published in 1617 by William Brade, The Tempest from Squires’ Masque and The Haymakers' Dance (both anon. with viola parts by Christopher Verrette after Brade), and The Nymphs' Dance from Masque of the Inner Temple and Gray's Inn (Coprario/Brade).
March 6, 2020
Stephen Orgel, Professor Emeritus at Stanford Univ. talks to John Edwards about the Stuart court masque, its performers, its expressions of power and the meaning of the masque conjured by the triumphant Prospero in The Tempest. The Musicians In Ordinary string band, Matt Antal, Brandon Chui and Sheila Smyth, violas, Laura Jones, bass violin, John Edwards, lute, led by Christopher Verrette, violin, play The First, Second & Third of the Lords, The Tempest, The Haymakers Dance and The Nymphs Dance.
December 24, 2019
Delyght Pavan and Delyght Gallyard by John Johnson and the ballad tune I Can not keepe my wife at howme from Margaret Board's Lutebook, played by John Edwards
December 20, 2019
George Torres, Prof. in Music at Lafayette College, Deanne Williams, Prof. in English at York University, and John Edwards discuss correspondences between lute instruction manuals and manuals on civility from 16th and 17th century in France & England, how lute lessons were also decorum lessons, & the lute lesson in Taming of the Shrew. We hear Delyght Pavan & Gallyard (Johnson) & I Cannot keepe my wyfe at howme (anon.) from Margaret Board’s lutebook.
December 17, 2019
Music from court masques arranged for lute played by John Edwards: Antiq Masque per Mr. Confesso set by Mr. Taylor, originally by John Coprario, Witches Daunce by Robert Johnson, Lady Phillyes Masque, Anon. La: Elyza her Masque, The Prince his Almayne and The Prince his Coranto all by Johnson and from Margaret Board's Lutebook.
December 13, 2019
Prof. Deanne Williams, author of Shakespeare and the Performance of Girlhood, discusses the Stuart masque, its meaning and its participants. From Margaret Board's Lutebook we hear lute arrangements of The Antiq Masque, The Witches Daunce, The Lady Phyllyes Masque, The Lady Elyza, her Masque, The Prince his Almayne and The Prince his Corrento played by John Edwards.
December 10, 2019
Lachrymae by John Dowland, anonymous settings of the ballads Poore Tome and Bony Sweete Robyn, and Richard Allison's setting of Goe from my Wyndowe, all from Margaret Board's Lutebook, played by John Edwards.
December 6, 2019
Prof. Tom Bishop (Univ. of Auckland) talks to John Edwards about plays, theatres, playgoers and pieces in Margaret Board's Lutebook she’d need to know to get all the references in the plays of Jacobean London. From Margaret’s book we hear Lachrymae, by John Dowland, referenced in Knight of the Burning Pestle, anonymous settings of ballads Poore Tome (King Lear) and Bony Sweete Robyn (Hamlet), and Richard Allison's setting of Goe from my Wyndowe (also Knight of the Burning Pestle).
December 3, 2019
The anonymous Delacourt Pavin, Markanthonyes Gallyard, probably by Mark Anthony Galliardello or Mark Anthony Bassano, and Orlando by John Dowland, from Margaret Board's Lutebook, played by John Edwards, lute.
November 29, 2019
Margaret Board was born in 1600, the daughter of a rich merchant, and had Europe's leading lutenist, John Dowland, as a teacher. Her book of lute pieces, notated in tablature in her hand and that of her teacher, is a collaboration between what her lute master thinks she needs to know and her taste as a young woman in Jacobean London.
November 26, 2019
The basse dance set La Magdalena probably by Pierre Blondeau, published in Attaingnant's 'Dixhuit Basses Dances garnie de Recoupe et Tordions' of 1529,  played by John Edwards, lute.
November 23, 2019
Profs. Matt Kavaler and Deanne Williams talk with John Edwards about the paintings of the Master of the Female Half-lengths and their shared context with Anne Boleyn's songbook. We hear the Basse Danse La Magdalena by Pierre Blondeau played by John Edwards.
November 20, 2019
Performed by Julia Morson, sop. Whitney O'Hearn, ms, singing the alto, Katherine Anderson, singing the bass, John Edwards, lute, led by Hallie Fishel, also singing the tenor.
November 15, 2019
The Rev. Dr Lisa Wang speaks to John Edwards about the adoration of the Virgin Mary and the Song of Solomon in the context of the Anne Boleyn Songbook. We hear Sicut Lilium by Antoine Brumel sung by The Musicians In Ordinary, Julia Morson, Whitney O'Hearn and Katherine Anderson, led by Hallie Fishel with John Edwards on lute.
November 12, 2019
Performed by Julia Morson, sop. Whitney O'Hearn, MS, Katherine Anderson singing the tenor with Eleanor Verrette, vielle, and John Edwards, lute, led by Hallie Fishel, also singing the tenor.
November 8, 2019
John Edwards talks to Prof. Deanne Williams about performance practice questions thrown up by the Anne Boleyn Songbook. We hear Alma Redemptoris Mater composed by Jacob Obrecht performed by Julia Morson, sop. Whitney O'Hearn, mezzo, Katherine Anderson alto, Eleanor Verrette, vielle, John Edwards, lute all led by Hallie Fishel, singing alto. Check musiciansinordinary.ca for pictures.
November 6, 2019
Performed by Julia Morson, sop. Whitney O'Hearn, MS, led by Hallie Fishel, singing alto.
October 18, 2019
Prof. Deanne Williams talks to John Edwards about Anne Boleyn's Songbook. We hear the anonymous Gabrielem Archangelum sung by Julia Morson, Whitney O'Hearn and Hallie Fishel.
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