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A Garden of MusicA rich collection of music from the medieval worldFrom the sounds of girls' voices to quiet instrumental moments, this mix of songs of love and devotion fills this album with the atmosphere of the medieval world, and its exotic gardens. The music is taken from medieval manuscripts in museums and libraries from around the world.The Summer Garden1 Summer is icumen in2 Mirie it is3 Bryd one brere4 Salterello (Serendipity) The Oxford Girls' ChoirLove in a French Garden5 Hyer matin6 Quant voi la fleur7 J'atendray tant8 Foy porter9 Lamento10 Tout leis enmi SerendipityThe Convent Garden11 Alleluya psallat12 Nobilis, humilis13 Sancta Maria14 Gloria laus15 Lullay, lullay16 Dou way Robin17 Foweles in the frith The Oxford Girls' ChoirThe Monastery Garden18 Petrone (Martin Souter)19 Angelus ad virginem 20 Alle, psallite21 Veni Sancte Spiritus22 Summi Triumphans Regis23 Veni creator24 Collegerunt pontifices The Oxford Girls' Choir The Monks & Novices of Saint FrideswideCCL CDG1128Cover image: Book of Hours Southern Netherlands, c.1492 Add.25698 f.9, by permission of the British LibraryThis compilation P & C 2005 Classical Communications LtdMade in Great BritainInside book:A Garden of MusicA rich collection of music from the medieval worldSumer is icumen in,Lhude sing, cuccu;Groweth sedand bloweth med,And springth the wde nu;Sing, cuccu!Awe bleteth after lomb,Lhouth after calue cu;Bulluc sterteth,Bucke uerteth,Murie sing, cuccu!Cuccu, cuccu,Wel singes thu, cuccu;Ne swic thu naver nu.Sing, cuccu, nu; sing, cuccu;London, British Library, MS Harley 978, f. 11v Before the arrival of noisy traffic and the hum of modern suburban life the garden was the perfect refuge from the stresses and strains of the day. It may have lacked potatoes (not introduced until 1585), but the medieval garden was brimming over with rare herbs and spices, wild roses and all manner of fruits. It was a favourite haunt of young lovers, ideal for summer revels, but above all it was a peaceful place. Medieval music is full of the sights and sounds of the natural world. Poets and musicians have always been influenced by their surroundings; even the humblest rose inspired the blossoming of some of the greatest music of the age. The inspiration for this album is a series of imaginary walks through atmospheric, timeless gardens. Sometimes the sounds of music making are close, sometimes more distant and mystical. First, the coming of summer and the warmth of the sun are praised in the happy sounds of 'Sumer is icumen in', a song traditionally sung after the late Easter frosts have been banished. A cheerful Scottish song follows. Across the channel the pleasures and pains of love are contemplated amidst the dappled sunlight and vivid flowers of a French garden. Gentle music for a beautiful convent garden follows.. Finally, we are in the finely cultivated grounds of a vast abbey, with only the sounds of the choir and the warm tones of the organ to break the stillness of the night. 'Angelus ad virginum' can be heard just as Geoffrey Chaucer described it, performed with pure young voices delicately accompanied by the plucked psaltery.
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