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Late Renaissance instrumental music (17th and early 18th centuries) from the British Isles. From Shakespeare’s time to the early 1700s instrumental music for lutes, viols, and recorders was tremendously varied and exciting in England, Scotland, Ireland and the provinces. Dances music, ayres, variations on common tunes and fantasies featuring the intricacies of these instruments were common fare, but the most creative musicians were arranging and improvising on well-known melodies themselves. Plaintive ayres from Scotland, tunes from the extravagant English theatrical masques, and an extraordinary set of variations written for the Northumbrian smallpipes—are a few of the features in this program that spans the emotions from heart-rending tenderness to mind-blowing virtuosity.
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