Sunday, October 28, 2018
Early Scottish music is a magical array of the courtly and native folk arts. The court itself absorbed the most enchanting and rarified styles from its neighbors to the South—the English, French, Netherlandish and Italian, and long after the court of James VI of Scotland had moved to England in 1603, the Scots who remained in the north self-consciously preserved their musical heritage, while the English imported Scottish tunes and began to write new music in “the Scotch humour.” Our program explores the secular music, both courtly and native, of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Scotland, plus two folk melodies which traveled to the new world, and one (The Strily Vale) which was chosen in the twentieth century as a setting for an early sixteenth-century poem.
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 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. Recently, they have developed a program of music from Renaissance Spain. Recordings on the Dorian label have earned them recognition as Top Classical-Crossover Artist of the Year (Billboard). Besides touring in the U.S. and abroad, they have often performed 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.
The ensemble will present an educational program for students at Firestone Community Learning Center on Monday, October 29.