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Medieval Christmas 2016

I’m planning to focus this year’s Medieval Christmas on 15th century English carols. I may have to make a 15th century houpelande and chaperon. Four of them are from the Trinity Roll, at Trinity College, Cambridge,  MS. O. 3. 58, from about 1420.

Alamire made an excellent recording of these carols.


Song Source Notes
Nova, Nova 15th century English Choir on chorus, solo on verses
Salutation Carol 15th century English Choir on chorus, solo on verses
Coventry Carol 15th century English  4 part
This Endris Night 15th century English  Unison, 15 verses, Harp
There is no rose of such virtue Trinity Roll  2 part
Now may we syngyn Trinity Roll  2 part
Nowel sing we now Trinity Roll  2 part
What tidings bringest thou messenger? Trinity Roll  2 part


Medieval Christmas 2015

These are the songs and program I’m planning for the  Medieval Christmas Program 2015   service on December 6th.

Order Song Source Performers
1 Laudemus Virginem


Llibre Vermeil de Montserrat, late 14th Century Catalan Choir, 2 part canon
2 Verbum Caro Factum Est


Piae Cantiones 1582, probably 14th Century Choir unison on chorus, solo verses, percussion, instruments
3 Nova, Nova


15th Century English Choir unison on chorus, solo verses
4 Los Set Gotxs Estampie Llibre Vermeil de Montserrat Instrumental, Todd
5 In Dulci Jubilo

In Dulci Jubilo

14th Century German Choir, congregation, piano
6 Quem Pastores


14th Century German Duet and harp
7 Mariam Matrem virginem

Mariam Matrem

Llibre Vermeil de Montserrat Choir unison on chorus, solo verses, organ
8 Cuncti Simus Concanentes

Cuncti Simus

Llibre Vermeil de Montserrat Choir unison on chorus, solo verses, percussion
9 Veni, Veni Emanuel

Veni veni duet

Lyrics 9th Century, music 15th Century French #211 Choir, congregation, piano
10 Splendens ceptigera Llibre Vermeil de Montserrat Choir, 2 part canon
11 Alle Psallite Cum Luya Montpelier Codex Trio, Instruments

Dance Consort music

The Ansteorra Dance Consort is preparing these pieces:


Branle Simple, Thoinot Arbeau,

Branle Double, Thoinot Arbeau

Branle de Bourgoigne, Thoinot Arbeau

Branle Gay, Thoinot Arbeau

Branle de Chevaulx, Thoinot Arbeau,

Heart’s Ease, Playford,

Half Hannikin, Playford,

Hole in the Wall, Playford,

Gathering peascods, Playford,


Instrumental Consort music

The Ansteorra Instrumental Consort is preparing these pieces:


Dit le Bourguygnon, anon.,

Jouyssance vous donneray, Thoinot Arbeau,

Bergerette: Sans Roch, Tylman Susato,

La Battaille (Pavane V), Tylman Susato,

La Morisque, Tylman Susato,

Grimstock, Playford,

Nuttmigs and Ginger, anon,

Now, o now I needs must part, John Dowland,


Vocal Consort music

These are the songs that the Ansteorra Vocal Consort is preparing: 

April is in my Mistress Face, Thomas Morley,

Sing we and Chant it, Thomas Morley,

Say Love if ever thou didst Find, John Dowland,

Belle qui tiens ma vie, Thoinot Arbeau,

Una Sanosa porfia, Juan del Encina,