Austin Troubadours Present: Mediterranean Journey

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Houston Early Music would like you to be aware of the following event:

Austin Troubadours Present:
Mediterranean Journey(Medieval and Renaissance music of Mediterranean countries)

Please send mail to or call Slobodan at   512/331-2856 for more info

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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


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.

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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.

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

Concert: Tapestry

TAPESTRY with Medieval Strings

Three Weddings and a Funeral

Celebratory Music of Guillaume Du Fay (1397-1474)

and his Contemporaries


Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 4pm
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman (at Main)
  • Directions and Map


The original site for this concert has changed. The new site is Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman (at Main).  The time and date (Sunday, February 11 at 4:00 pm) remain the same.  See letter to subscribers

Houston Early Music will present the vocal ensemble Tapestry in Three Weddings and a Funeral, a program featuring secular and sacred music of Guillaume Du Fay, the most famous composer of late-Middle Age/early Renaissance.  The Boston-based trio (Laurie Monahan, mezzo-soprano, Cristi Catt, soprano and Daniela Tosic, alto) will be joined by Medieval Strings (Shira Kammen and Dana Maiben, medieval fiddles and Grant Herreid, tenor and lute). The performance will be at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, February 11 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1015 Holman (at Main).

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