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Jongleurs Dance

In medieval Europe, jongleurs (literally translated as jugglers) were multi-talented travelling entertainers. Performing as acrobats, dancers, mimes, storytellers and singers, they were also expected to play a number of musical instruments. While usually uneducated and often looked down upon by society, they could be found performing anywhere from the marketplace to the royal courts, playing a key role in the spread of stories, song and dance music from region to region.
Much of the music on this recording would have been performed by jongleurs. In this case, the songs and dances have been arranged instrumentally for Recorders, Shawm, Hammered Dulcimer, Guitars, Oud, Hurdy Gurdy, Bass and Percussion.

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Track List

  1. Santa Maria amar  
    Cantigas de Santa Maria (13th cent.)
  2. Lamento di Tristano/La Rotta  
    14th cent. Jongleurs Dance
  3. Las!-Donés-EIUS  
    13th cent. motet
  4. Trotto  
    14th cent. Jongleurs Dance
  5. Stella Splendens  
    Libre Vermell de Montserrat (14th cent.)
  6. De bon espoir  
    Guillaume de Machaut (14th cent.)
  7. Por nos dulta tirar  
    Cantigas de Santa Maria (13th cent.)
  8. Pucelete-Je languis-Domino  
    13th cent. motet
  9. Saltarello  
    14th cent. Jongleurs Dance
  10. Pagar ben podo  
    Cantigas de Santa Maria (13th cent.)
  11. Chevalier, mult estes guariz  
    12th cent. crusader song
  12. J'os bien a m'amie parler  
    Adam de la Hale (13th cent. trouvère)
  13. Baises moy  
    Josquin Desprez (15th cent.)
  14. Mui gran poder  
    Cantigas de Santa Maria (13th cent.)
  15. Edi beo thu  
    13th cent. English
  16. Non e gran cousa  
    Cantigas de Santa Maria (13th cent.)
  17. Absalon fili mi  
    Josquin Desprez (15th cent.)

All arrangements by Richard Searles

Richard Searles: Recorders, Shawm, Hammered Dulcimer, Guitars, Oud, Concertina
Ron Wagner:   Dumbek, Tabla, Percussion
Curtis Berak:   Hurdy Gurdy
Tim Powell:   Acoustic Bass

Cover Image: Heinrich Frauenlob with musicians (14th cent.)