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"Mrs. Nichols & Mr. George" - A Dowland Medley


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Here is a medley of two consort pieces by John Dowland for five instruments. Mrs. Nichols' Allemande (originally spelled 'almain') comes first and is played three times - once by a SAATB recorder consort, then by a low consort (some parts had to be pitch-shifted down an octave as I don't own great-bass and contrabass recorders,) and again by the high consort.

Next comes Mr. George Whitehead's Allemande (originally spelled 'almand') which is played once through by a SAATB consort. Although the form of this piece is the same as Mrs. Nichols', (short, repeated A-section followed by a longer, repeated B-section,) the tune features some bold harmonic shifts and a much more complex chord progression through the B-section. This gives Mr. George a more mature, sophisticated air as opposed to Mrs. Nichols' carefree playfulness.

Finally, Mrs. Nichols' Allemande is played through again - at a much slower pace this time which allows the recorders to really sing. It also allowed me to ornament the melody much more than before on the repeats (the bass line also receives several tweaks.)
Enjoy!!

Recorders Used:
Susato Wide-Bore Soprano
Mollenhauer "Adri's Dream" Alto
Aulos Tenor
Aulos Bass

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Uploaded: Mar 26, 2011 - 01:53:08 PM
Last Updated: Mar 26, 2011 - 01:53:08 PM Last Played: Jun 08, 2019 - 10:01:44 AM
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Hardware:
Susato Wide-Bore Soprano
Mollenhauer "Adri's Dream" Alto
Aulos Tenor
Aulos Bass
Blue "Snowball" USB Microphone
Software:
Reaper
Comments
mrattue said 3011 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
Brandon
You are wasted here, if this is the only place were people listen to your stuff. MacJams is a great site, but You should be doing much more with this fine work in terms of promoting this type of music generally.

i can see you going round schools and demonstrating what can be done with a few woodwind instruments, what magic can be summoned and past times evoked.

You obviously have a wide knowledge and deep appreciation of this type of intricate and complex music. i hope that this old English music gets the airing it deserves elsewhere?

The language of the country side and the old people of England. What a great privilege to hear it!

Thank you

Marc
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kristyjo said 3011 days ago (March 26th, 2011)
Lovely listening
I haven't been around much this year, so it was an extra treat to hear this beautiful playing. Really well played and recorded (don't you just adore the Snowball mic!) I also love that you gave so much of the background of these pieces in your description. Thank you for sharing this music. It was a real delight to listen to.
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LonePineMusic said 3010 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
Thanks!
Yes, I do love the Snowball! :)
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Honza said 3010 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Time-transfering
Thanks for such beautiful music!
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magnatone said 3010 days ago (March 27th, 2011)
Mrs. and Mr.
Hi Brandon - wow, what incredible playing! you've really got it all - thanks!
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LonePineMusic said 3010 days ago (March 28th, 2011)
You're Welcome!
And thanks for your comment! Between this consort music and the ECD tunes, I think I've finally hit my stride musically... :)
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H3nry said 3005 days ago (April 2nd, 2011)
Not since college
have I heard these Dowland pieces, and there we had to learn a dozen of his allemandes and airs. I didn't enjoy them nearly as much under those circumstances. I like your interpretation and embellishment. Brings real life to what can be dull music.
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