130738Announcing a new CD!
- Mar 24, 2011Greetings list.
I am happy as can be to announce my new CD of English Country Dance music,
"The Lover's Luck". I really wanted to have it done in time for Fort
Frederick this year
and I made it. Huzzah. (I'll be there a the Market Fair on Saturday and
Sunday, as well as
Dover Days in Dover,DE on May 7th.
The CD uses my four antique instruments: baroque violin (c.1760), baroque
flute (c. 1790)
flageolet (c. 1850-60) and English guittar (c. 1770). In addition I play the
which are the early version of the Irish Uilleann pipes and the clavichord.
are fascinating early keyboard instruments that originate in the middle
ages. Each key has
a tangent of brass sticking up on the end, and when you play a note that
tangent strikes and
lifts a pair of brass strings. This simple action is probably the origins of
pianos for unlike the
harpsichord which can't alter the volume of each note, the clavichord has
limitless range in
the volume you play albeit within a TINY envelope. The instrument is
overall (they were personal ractice instruments mostly). If you shake the
key you actually
get vibrato. amazingly explressive overall. They were most popular in
and were made in Scandanavia right through the middle of the 19th century.
In the mid 18th
century there were builders here in America especially among the Moravians.
The Lover's Luck was a collection of 20 dances (with tunes) published by
in 1699. I have included four pieces from that book as well as two American
The Young Widow and the Belles Of Newport. That one was written by the first
African-American professional musician and composer Newport Gardner.
The tracks are:
The Portugal Minuet
Softly Good Tummas
The Lover's Luck
A Conceal'd Health
Belles Of Newport
Old Wife Beside The Fire
The Young Widow
La Piece Futoise Cottillion
If you don't run into me at an event they can be purchased here:
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