The Food of Love: Songs, Dances, and Fancies for Shakespeare (2019)

Ben Jonson, Anthony Holborne, Anonymous, Robert Johnson, John Johnson, John Dowland, Thomas Robinson, Richard Edwards, Robert Jones, Thomas Morley, Jean d'Estree

The Baltimore Consort

Founded in 1980 to perform the instrumental music of Shakespeare’s time, The Baltimore Consort has explored early English, Scottish, and French popular music, focusing on the relationship between folk and courtly art song, and dance. Their interest in early music of English/Scottish heritage has also led them to delve into the rich trove of traditional music preserved in North America.

There are hundreds of references to music in the works of Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s music can be placed into three general categories: Incidental Music- The individual titles of incidental music in Shakespeare’s works are never named but the directions “music here,” “music begins,” “music for dancing,” etc. are provided. Literary References- Shakespeare refers to the music, music theory, and instruments of the time within the text of his works.

A humorous example is found in the names of the musicians Peter confronts in Romeo and Juliet: Hugh Rebec, Simon Catling and James Soundpost. Songs- Specific songs are included for performance in the text of Shakespeare’s plays. Shakespeare authored the lyrics to some of these songs but also incorporated popular songs known to his contemporary audiences. The plays did not include notation of the tunes of these songs. However, we are certain that Robert Johnson’s settings for “Full Fathom Five” and “Where the Bee Sucks” are the same as when originally performed in The Tempest.

Johnson is well documented as Shakespeare’s composer. For the other songs on the recording we are using the earliest surviving versions – both published and from manuscript – which are contemporary with Shakespeare’s productions. These include, “It Was a Lover and his Lasse,” “Farewell, Dear Love,” “When Griping Grief,” “Gravedigger’s Song,” and “Willow Song.”

 

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The Baltimore Consort

The Baltimore Consort

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Founded in 1980 to perform the instrumental music of Shakespeare’s time, The Baltimore Consort has explored early English, Scottish, and French popular music, focusing on the relationship between folk and courtly art song, and dance. Their interest in early music of English/Scottish heritage has also led them to delve into the rich trove of traditional music preserved in North America. Seventeen recordings on the Dorian and Sono Luminus labels have earned them recognition as Top Classical-Crossover Artist of the Year (Billboard), as well as rave reviews elsewhere. Besides touring in the U.S. (all but two states) and abroad (Austria, Canada, Germany, The Netherlands, and Scotland), they often perform on such syndicated radio broadcasts as St. Paul Sunday, Performance Today, Harmonia and the CBC’s OnStage. They have also enjoyed many teaching residencies at K-12 schools, as well as at the Madison Early Music Festival, and other university engagements.

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Mary Anne Ballard: treble and bass viols

Mark Cudek: cittern, bass viol

Larry Lipkis: bass viol, recorders, crumhorn, gemshorn

Ronn McFarlane: lute

Mindy Rosenfeld: flutes, fifes, bagpipes, crumhorn

Danielle Svonavec: soprano

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The Food of Love: Songs, Dances, and Fancies for Shakespeare (2019)

Ben Jonson, Anthony Holborne, Anonymous, Robert Johnson, John Johnson, John Dowland, Thomas Robinson, Richard Edwards, Robert Jones, Thomas Morley, Jean d'Estree

The Baltimore Consort

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“If music be the food of love, play on.” Since 1980, The Baltimore Consort has solidified themselves as early music experts, mastering the music from Shakespeare’s time, and even earned themselves Billboard’s Top Classical-Crossover Artist of the Year along the way. Their latest album, The Food of Love (Songs, Dances, and Fancies for Shakespeare) explores some of the hundreds of references to music in the works of Shakespeare.

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The Food of Love: Songs, Dances, and Fancies for Shakespeare (2019)

Ben Jonson, Anthony Holborne, Anonymous, Robert Johnson, John Johnson, John Dowland, Thomas Robinson, Richard Edwards, Robert Jones, Thomas Morley, Jean d'Estree

The Baltimore Consort

Digital Converters: Horus (recording), Hapi (mastering), Merging Technologies
Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Daniel Shores
Producer: Dan Merceruio
Recording Engineer: Daniel Shores
Recording Location: Leighton Concert Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame — July 29-August 2, 2018
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD
Speakers: Legacy Audio

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Les buffons
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Kemp's Jig
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It Was a Lover and His Lasse
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O Mistresse Mine
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Peg-a-Ramsey
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Farewell, Dear Love
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When Griping Grief
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My Lady Carey's Dompe
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Complain My Lute
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Heart's Ease, The Honiesuckle
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The Queen's Goodnight
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Fancy
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The Carman's Whistle
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Cuckolds All a-Row
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Whoope, Do Me No Harm - Jog On
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The King of Denmark, His Galliard
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Tarleton's Riserrectione, Plucked Strings
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Gravedigger's Song - Tarleton's Riserrectione
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Bonny Sweet Robin
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Tarleton's Jig
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Greensleeves I
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Greensleeves II
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Where the Bee Sucks
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Full Fathom Five
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Fortune My Foe
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Willow Song
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Fairie Rownde
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