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Review of Fortune’s Wheel concert

Fortune’s Wheel: making music from the far past seem like it was wrriten yesterday

By CHARLES WARD, January 13, 2008
…. But the Fortune’s Wheel singers – Lydia Heather Knutson, Aaron Sheehan and Shira Kammen – perfromed as if the Medieval English style had become their primarily musical language. Their simple communication with the audience made the essentially unfamiliar music as appealing as the Three Bs. Kammen, on the harp, and Mealy, on the fiddle, added sinuous accompaniments. ….
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Program Notes for MIRIE IT IS

NOTES ON THE PROGRAM All medieval music is glimpsed from a great distance, but no repertory is so hard to see as that of  England in the middle ages. Where France had a tradition of lyric song that lasted long enough for thousands of songs to be enshrined in manuscripts, the music we have from England of the same period is scattered and faint: much was destroyed when the monasteries were taken over by the state in the Renaissance, and much more has suffered from the ravages of time. What has come down to us, though, speaks in astonishingly vivid voices. Continue reading

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.
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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     c.1460–c.1520

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 www.fortuneswheel.org 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.

Concert: MIRIE IT IS – A Glimpse of Medieval England

  Fortune’s Wheel

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. http://www.fortuneswheel.org/ “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

Reception following our Christmas Concert

Houston Early Music cordially invites you to a special holiday reception following our Christmas Concert IN DULCI JUBILO 

AULOS ENSEMBLE with JULIANNE BAIRD, soprano

7:30 p.m., Tue., Dec. 11, 2007 Christ Church Cathedral   1117 Texas Avenue
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