[SCA-Dance] Music for Petite Rose, The Health, Glory of the West?

Justin du coeur jducoeur at gmail.com
Sat Apr 12 19:19:11 EDT 2014

On Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 12:44 PM, White,John <john.white at drexel.edu> wrote:

> I have two sources for this.  The first is a great two volume set called
> The English Dancing Master, by
> Orange and Blue, and the Ranchers.  The instrumentation is somewhat modern
> (i.e an accordion features
> prominently), but the arrangements are done for dancing so the speed and
> repeats are good.  I don't
> offhand recall having to doctor up any of their tracks.  Plus, they've got
> a lot of 1st Edition pieces among
> the 54 tracks on the two volumes.  The double-CD album is available, but
> mostly from the UK, so it isn't
> cheap.  However, I would say that it is worth the price.

Don't know the Health specifically, but seconded in general.  This album
has been Carolingia's go-to for ECD for over 30 years.  We had a cassette
copy for so long that we actually didn't know what it was any more until
Gundormr found the CDs and updated us to those.  As Dafydd says, it's
distinctly modern, but it is one of the most consistently *usable*
collections of ECD I know anywhere -- most of the recordings work for the
common-use reconstructions, and it's generally pleasant and upbeat.

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