San Diego Reader Review of MIRIE IT IS

From Jonathan Saville, San Diego Reader

… The group’s latest program, Mirie it is, presented them with difficulties of a special kind. A great deal of medieval French music has come down to us with both words and tune, and to realize it in a modern performance what is needed is an informed feeling for the style and an ability to improvise historically suitable accompaniments and embellishments. The Fortune’s Wheel musicians are exceptionally good at this, neither too bold nor too cautious, but with a wonderful air of spontaneity and freedom.


Program Selections for MIRIE IT IS

Mirie it is                                                             c.1225
Instrumental                                                        traditional Scottish tune
Edi beo þu hevene queenë                                  pre-1300
Ave celi regina virginum                                      14th century
Ave mundi rosa          
Estampie from Robertsbridge Codex                       c.1360
Ar ne kuth ich sorghe non                                    c.1270
Fuwëles in the frith                                              c.1270
Man mei longe him liues wene                             pre-1250
Bryd one brere                                                     c.1300
Solaris ardor romulis                                            mid-14th century
The hymns by St. Godric                                     c.1215
            Criƒt and ƒainte Marie
            Sainte Marie virgine
            Sainte Nicholaes
Worldes bliƒƒ, have god day                              c.1280
Virgo salvavit                                                      14th century
Stand wel moðer under rode (dialogue)              early and mid-14th century     
English dance                                                     arr. Kammen/Mealy
On Yooles night (carol)                                      mid-14th century
Stantipes (14th century dance tunes)                  arr. Mealy/Kammen
In secreit place—text by William Dunbar,          arr.  Kammen

Concert: MIRIE IT IS – A Musical Glimpse of Medieval England

4:00 PM, Sun., Jan.13, 2008
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman (at Main) [map]
Pre-concert lecture, 3:00 PM
Tickets: 713-432-1744

MIRIE IT IS – A Musical Glimpse of Medieval England

Fortune’s WheelHouston Early Music will present the Boston-based Fortune’s Wheel with Mirie it Is–A Glimpse of Medieval England at 4:00 pm, Sunday, January 13, 2008 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman (at Main). Noted for performing “with a wonderful air of spontaneity and freedom” (The San Diego Reader), Fortune’s Wheel will present a concert of most of the surviving vernacular treasures from the once vast, now largely lost repertoire of the English Middle Ages.

Fortune’s Wheel is a spirited collaboration of four distinguished early-music performers—vocalists Lydia Heather Knutson and Aaron Sheehan, and instrumentalists Shira Kammen & Robert Mealy performing on vielle (medieval fiddle) and harp. Devoted to rediscovering the riches of medieval musical traditions, the ensemble made its debut at the 1996 International Festival of Early Music in Mexico City, where critics acclaimed the group’s “style, diction, tuning, perfect balance, and total engagement with the music.” Since then, the ensemble has been presented by early music concert series in San Francisco, Seattle, San Diego, Tijuana, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Houston, Jackson, Tucson, Columbus, Cambridge, and Duke University. They have also appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Berkeley Early Music Festival, the Amherst Early Music Festival, The Cloisters and the Frick Collection in New York City, Yale University’s Collection of Musical Instruments, and many other series.

Fortune’s Wheel released its first CD, Pastourelle, on Dorian Recordings. Website

Prior to the concert, at 3:00 pm, ensemble member Robert Mealy will give a preconcert talk discussing the music to be performed on the program.

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $25 for seniors, $10 for students, under 15 free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 713-432-1744.

Houston Early Music is funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

17th Annual Renaissance Polyphony Weekend

Houston Early Music wishes to call your attention to an upcoming musical event in the Houston community:

From the Texas Toot site:

17th Annual Renaissance Polyphony Weekend
Music to be prepared and performed:
Missa Ave Maris Stella of Josquin des Pres
January 25-27, 2008

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Concert: MIRIE IT IS – A Glimpse of Medieval England

  Fortune’s Wheel


MIRIE IT IS – A Glimpse of Medieval England

4:00 pm, Sun., January 13, 2008
Trinity Episcopal Church 1015 Holman (at Main)

From the rough vigor of folk music to the refined sophistication of rarely-heard polyphony, Fortune’s Wheel presents most of the surviving vernacular treasurers from the once vast, now largely lost repertoire of the English Middle Ages.

“Fortune’s Wheel takes its medieval music seriously and then transforms the music at hand and voice into living, breathing art”
—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Handel’s Messiah

Houston Early Music wishes to call your attention to the following program:


Mercury Baroque and Houston Chamber Choir
present Messiah

Friday December 14, 2007 at 7:00 pm
Wortham Center, Cullen Theater
Get into the spirit of the holidays when Mercury Baroque and the Houston
Chamber Choir present Handel’s Messiah.This is a rare opportunity for Houston audiences to hear the entire version
of the work, as well as the beloved “Hallelujah” chorus, on period instruments as it was played when it was first performed. Immediately after the concert, the audience is invited to a holiday party with food, drink, and a silent and live auction. The annual event is a wonderful place to meet Antoine Plante and the musicians and to bid on an amazing selection of items. The holiday fundraiser benefits Mercury Baroque’s programming and educational outreach efforts.Ana Treviño-Godfrey, Soprano
Gerrod Pagenkopf, Counter- Tenor
Karim Sulayman, Tenor
Paul Rowe, Bass
Antoine Plante, Conductor
Tickets $32 to $59 (Holiday Party included in ticket price)Buy Tickets online at and enter the promo code FOM when prompted to get a 15% discount, or call 713-533-0080.


Violinist Zachary Carrettin

Houston Early Music wishes to call your attention to an upcoming musical event in the Houston community: 

I am Zachary Carrettin, violinist; I have performed for Houston Early Music in the past as a member of El Mundo. Attached to this email you’ll find information for my upcoming solo Bach recital, “a Sonata, Partita and a Suite”, to be performed at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Rice Village. Between now and April I will be presenting all the unaccompanied works of J.S. Bach for ‘cello and violin in four concerts.

First performance: Saturday, December 15th, 8 pm. 

For more information see this –> Zachary Carrettin postcard

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