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Hortus Musicus - The Maypole

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Track number 12 from the 1997 album 'Maypole' by the Estonian old music ensemble. Composer - Anonymous. London ca 1600 Personnel: Andres Mustonen - Violin, recorders, artistic director Helle Mustonen - vocal Joosep Vahermägi - vocal Jaan Arder - vocal Riho Ridbeck - vocal, percussion Neeme Punder - recorders, transverse flute, Rauschpfeife Olev Ainomäe - descant bombardon, recorders Peeter Klaas - viola da gama Valter Jürgenson - trombones Tõnis Kuurme - bass dulcian, recorders Imre Eenma - violone Robert Staak - lute Ivo Sillamaa - harpsichord On the ensemble and music from the album - "The repertoire of the Estonian ensemble Hortus Musicus includes music from Gregorian chants and medieval liturgical dramas to late Baroque compositions. Under Andres Mustonen's baton the Hortus Musicus Academic Orchestra, which has been active since 1972, performs large-scale works on modern instruments; playing music from the late baroque period as well as Classical and Romantic symphonies. This record presents the music that Hortus Musicus most often plays on tours, i.e. society music from the late Renaissance or Humanist age (ca 1520-1620) which at that time spread extensively across Europe. This is not the dignified and ascetic ars perfecta which was characteristic of the Netherlands church music, and which had strong spiritual links with medieval liturgical music. It belongs to the world of the modern man, a man free and cheerful in spirit, who delights in creating beauty in his environment. This music is a genuine expression of the Renaissance spirit and embodies the sensuality of man in harmony with the universe. This music is a genuine expression of the Renaissance spirit and embodies the sensuality of man in harmony with the universe. [---] This music which aspired to universality was a uniting element in the contemporary society of that time. Music performed in the nobleman's halls and townspeople's houses imitated the songs and dances of the common folk, so that even the most celebrated church music composers (Such as Orlando di Lasso) wrote villanellas." - Toomas Siitan, English translation by Krista Mits & Leva Gaidulis. More on the ensemble: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hortus_Musicus * * * I do not own the copyright of this music.