The Brewery Band: Grace and Fire

 

The King of the Faeries                              Trad. Irish
Rolling in the Barrel

A Yowe Cam to Wir Door, Yarmin               Trad. Shetland
Jack Broke Da Prison Door
Sleep Sound in Da Mornin

Narcissus                                                    James Oswald (c.1710 - 1769)
Air, Giga

Toccata Arpeggiata                                     G. G. Kapsberger (1580 - 1651)

Toccata VI                                                   Alessandro Piccinini (1566-1638)
Partita variate sopra la folia - Chiacona in partita variate

Sonata Seconda a Sopran Solo                 Dario Castello (c. 1590 – c. 1658)

 

Interval

 

When she Cam Ben, She Bobbit                Anon., set by John McLachlan (fl 1700)

Da Auld Rigg’d Ship                                   Trad. Shetland
Da New Rigg’d Ship

The Miller’s Tale for Solo Theorbo              Stephen Goss (b. 1964)
Prologue - Estampie, John - Chanson, Alisoun - Toccata, Nicholas -
Serenade, Absalon - Epilogue

Two in One upon a Ground                         Henry Purcell (1659 1695)!

Roslyn Castle                                              Traditional Scottish

John Come Kiss me Now                            Thomas Baltzar (c. 1630 -1663)

 

John Come Kiss Me Now and the composer Thomas Baltzar were famous in 17th century England. Born in Lubeck c1630, Baltzar was considered the finest violinist of his age. His arrival gave new prominence to the violin, and he is said to have taught the English the practice of shifting and the use of the upper part of the fingerboard. The power and execution of the instrument exhibited by Baltzar were a matter of novelty at that time.

Scotland acquired the violin and the repertoire to accompany it much later. When the early 18th Century Scottish recital piece When She Cam Ben, She Bobbit was written, the violin was still in the process of acquiring a repertory of Scots tunes. Although it sounds rooted in folk, it is based on the typically g minor Italian chord progression passamezzo antico, confirming the strong musical connections between Scotland and the continent, although the Scottish musicians were probably unaware of its origins.

A Yowe Cam to Wir Door, Yarmin; Jack Broke Da Prison Door and Sleep Soond in Da Mornin are representative of Shetland’s rich fiddle tradition. The first is the oldest known Shetland tune and translates as ‘a ewe came to our door, bleating’. The others are taken from the Old Five Reels, a traditional set of tunes for dancing, which still survive in Shetland because of Tom Anderson who, in the middle of the twentieth century, travelled around the islands to collect and transcribe the old tunes. Today, Shetland's rich folk tradition is encouraged in school where children learn knitting, dancing and folk music. Da Auld Rigg’d Ship and Da New Rigg’d Ship represent Shetland’s indelible links with the sea: their provenance is unknown.

James Oswald (1710–1769) was a Scottish composer and music publisher who became Chamber Composer for George III. The pieces here are from his 'Airs for the Seasons', a remarkable book in which each piece is named for a different flower or shrub, and attributed to their appropriate season of the year.

Dario Castello’s two collections were published in 1629 and 1644 in Venice. His identity is shrouded in mystery, and some speculate that a pseudonym was used by another composer His expertise in writing for wind and string instruments shows a highly skilled craftsman, and the passions in his sonatas are at times almost operatic, pushing the imaginative and technical possibilities of instrumental writing at the time. They are jewels in the 17th century repertoire.

Based on the Canterbury Tales, the Miller's Tale was commissioned for Matthew by guitarist John Williams, and was recently premiered by him at the Wigmore Hall on 6th March 2017, and broadcast live on Radio 3. Stephen Goss's varied musical output includes several projects with John Williams who has recorded Stephen’s Guitar Concerto (2012) with the RPO. Stephen is Chair of Composition at Surrey University and a Professor of Guitar at the Royal Academy of Music.

Purcell’s Chaconne 'two in one upon a ground’ is from his opera Dioclesian. With its joyous choruses and spirited dances, this semi-opera was a turning point in his career, and the first to be published in full score, in 1691. The Chaconne is an exquisite example of baroque grace.

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