Ce fut en mai : Work information
- Moniot D'Arras ( Music, Images,)
- Performed by
- John Grubb (Citole), Derek Harrison (Counter-tenor), Rosemary Harrison (Soprano), Michael Oxenham (Recorder), John Sothcott (Vielle), St. George's Canzona, John Sothcott (Conductor)
- Work name
- Ce fut en mai
- Work number
- Simon Lawman
- Bob Auger
- Recording date
- 1982-05-08 00:00:00
Most of the instruments played on this recording, although mainly used in ensemble here, are self-sufficient in solo performance, each providing its own drone or ostinato accompaniment.
The bowed vielles and plucked citoles are closely modelled on contemporary paintings and sculptures. They are played according to instructions in 13th and 14th century treatises. Both types are tuned so that strings not being stopped by the left hand, act as drones.
The English bagpipe has a single drone and chanter and the bag is inflated by the mouth. The pipe and tabor is played in the continuing tradition of Morris dancing. The left hand plays the pipe while the tabor, which is suspended from the left arm, is beaten by a stick held in the right hand.
The percussion instruments are also based on representations in medieval art. The nakers are a tuned pair of kettledrums hung from the players waist.