[SCA-Dance] Carols for Dancing

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Mon Dec 17 15:11:48 EST 2007

Or you could have come to their concert last Friday, if you were done shoveling (which I wasn't!) AND lived around here.


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From: Mary Railing <mrailing at kiva.net>
> I'd like to call people's attention to a public radio program I heard last 
> night, which is also available on the web at www.wgbh.org/carols
> Strictly speaking, it's not so much about carols in the medieval sense as 
> about renaissance tunes that became Christmas songs. Narration about the 
> connections between renaissance dance and Christmas music is interspersed 
> with wonderful performances of the dance tunes by the Renaissonics.
> I'd known about "Official Bransle" being the tune for "Ding Dong Merrily 
> on High" and "Greensleeves" becoming "What Child is This?", but I did not 
> know that Arbeau's Gavotte is a Christmas song in Provence, or that 
> someone wrote lyrics to courante music about the shepherds running to 
> Bethleham.
> You can pay attention to the narration and see both the persistance of 
> folk traditions and the impact of modern revivals on our Christmas 
> celebrations, or you can just listen to some very danceable arrangements 
> of music that should be familiar in either a Christmas or an SCA context.  I 
> recommend looking up this program while it is still available online.
> --Urraca
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