Music for Coronation, Part 1: the Morning
- Unto the People of Calontir, greetings and felicitations; more, wishes that
these letters find you and your kinfolk in good health and happy spirits,
from Christian d'Hiver, your servant.
In some ten days' time, we shall all meet in Spinning Winds to celebrate
the successes of King Ostwald and Queen Kaye's governance, and to welcome
the reign of Lucien and Conna.
As befits such a grand day, there will be music and dance. You are invited
to join in.
As Ostwald and Kaye set down Their Crowns and leave the falcon thrones in
the hands of their most capable knights and huscarls, you are invited to
join in a choir, which will sing "Ecce quomodo moritur".
The translation of the Latin is
Behold how the righteous dies
and no one takes notice.
The righteous are taken away
and no one pays attention.
From facing iniquity
the righteous is removed,
and his memory will be in peace:
his (resting) place is in peace
and his dwelling place in Zion,
and his memory will be in peace.
From what I understand, we have several people already intending to sing
the soprano and bass lines. That's great. If you're one of those people,
don't switch. But if you're interested in participating, and you have not
yet learned a line, we could use more heft on the alto and tenor parts.
When Prince Lucien approaches the throne, there'll be a brass fanfare.
When Princess Conna approaches the throne, She would like to hear Cantiga
de Santa Maria #159, "Non Sofre". It's available on page 28 of Master
Avatar's "Medieval Songs and Dances, vol. 2".
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Goj44NAIO4o is moving at the tempo I'd like
For those of you who don't have copies of Master Avatar's book,
http://moeticae.typepad.com/mi_contra_fa/None_Suffer.pdf is a copy of the
sheet music with an English translation. (We'll be singing the original
Galician / Portugese: http://www.cantigasdesantamaria.com/CSM159.html )
During the second half of morning court, King Lucien and Queen Conna would
summon various groups to come swear fealty. During that time, They would
like short bits of music. Two pieces might be sung:
Cantiga de Santa Maria #100, "Santa Maria Strela do dia".
The singing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opEXfcsl2YQ will give you a
good idea, but the performance is just a bit too slow
Sheet music: http://www.goldgryph.com/songbook/medieval/stella_1.gif and
The court will end with a recessional:
Non nobis Domine (Patrick Doyle)
A half-hour later, dancing will commence before the fighting tourney:
sheet music: http://sca.uwaterloo.ca/Hendricks/Holborne_waits/bellepg4.pdf
Pinwheel Dance (music is Cantiga 119)
sheet music: http://crab.rutgers.edu/~pbutler/music/cantiga119.pdf
sheet music: http://sca.uwaterloo.ca/~praetzel/phaedria/PETIT_V.pdf
Various musical performances throught the day would be most welcome by the
--In joy and service,
music guy, Shadowdale
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