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Division Musick

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The "division" was a characteristic form of English music in the 17th century, somewhere between a ground bass work and a set of variations. Divisions are short pieces based on bass patterns, more often original than using the established ground basses of Italian music, and they could be manipulated in several ways. These works often show up on collections of viol consort music, but the British duo Musicke & Mirth, augmented by violinist Amandine Beyer and keyboardist Johannes Strobl, performs a service by bringing together varied examples of the tradition. The pieces and even the composers, except for William Lawes and John Jenkins, are hardly known. The level of virtuosity is moderate compared with, say, the La Follia tradition in Italy, but the charm lies instead with the domestic quality of the music and its ingenuity within that context. Consider the two pieces by Christopher Simpson entitled Division for two viols (tracks 10 and 18). These short duets expertly manipulate the dual requirements of variation and two-part counterpoint, and it's easy to see why Henry Purcell admired them; they have the same sort of economical timing found in his own music. The works by Jenkins called Lyra Consort are also compact fusions of the division and the dance suite. Elsewhere there are more elaborate divisions, as well as a suite by Lawes for two instruments called division viols. It's disappointing that you don't learn what those are; the pieces are played simply by the two bass viols of the core Musicke & Mirth duo, Jane Achtman and Irene Klein. The Ramée label's sound, from Switzerland's Künstlerhaus Boswil, is a bit too live and metallic, but this is a fresh, worthwhile release.
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1
Lyra Consort in D Major: 1. Ecco Coranto
Amandine Beyer
00:02:46

Jane Achtman, Performer - Amandine BEYER, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Johannes Strobl, Performer - John Jenkins, Composer

Outhere Outhere

2
Lyra Consort in D Major: 2. Aire Pasionetta
Amandine Beyer
00:02:29

Jane Achtman, Performer - Amandine BEYER, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Johannes Strobl, Performer - John Jenkins, Composer

Outhere Outhere

3
Lyra Consort in D Major: 3. Almaine
Amandine Beyer
00:02:05

Jane Achtman, Performer - Amandine BEYER, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Johannes Strobl, Performer - John Jenkins, Composer

Outhere Outhere

4
Lyra Consort in D Major: 4. Coranto
Amandine Beyer
00:01:40

Jane Achtman, Performer - Amandine BEYER, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Johannes Strobl, Performer - John Jenkins, Composer

Outhere Outhere

5
Lyra Consort in D Major: 5. Saraband
Amandine Beyer
00:01:46

Jane Achtman, Performer - Amandine BEYER, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Johannes Strobl, Performer - John Jenkins, Composer

Outhere Outhere

6
Lyra Consort in D Major: 6. Saraband
Amandine Beyer
00:00:50

Jane Achtman, Performer - Amandine BEYER, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Johannes Strobl, Performer - John Jenkins, Composer

Outhere Outhere

Suite for Two Division Viols and Organ in G Minor (William Lawes)

7
1. Pavan
Johannes Strobl
00:07:21

Jane Achtman, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Johannes Strobl, Performer - William Lawes, Composer

Outhere Outhere

8
2. Aire
Johannes Strobl
00:01:32

Jane Achtman, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Johannes Strobl, Performer - William Lawes, Composer

Outhere Outhere

9
3. Aire
Johannes Strobl
00:03:05

Jane Achtman, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Johannes Strobl, Performer - William Lawes, Composer

Outhere Outhere

10
Division for Two Viols No. 7 in G Major
Jane Achtman
00:06:19

Jane Achtman, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Christopher Simpson, Composer

Outhere Outhere

11
Prelude
Amandine Beyer
00:02:53

Amandine BEYER, Performer - Thomas Baltzar, Composer

Outhere Outhere

12
A Division On a Ground By Mr. John Eckles
Amandine Beyer
00:05:03

Jane Achtman, Performer - Amandine BEYER, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Johannes Strobl, Performer - Solomon Eccles, Composer

Outhere Outhere

13
Division for Two Viols No. 1 in C Major
Jane Achtman
00:02:18

Jane Achtman, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Christopher Simpson, Composer

Outhere Outhere

14
Lyra Consort in D Minor: 1. Aire
Amandine Beyer
00:02:03

Jane Achtman, Performer - Amandine BEYER, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Johannes Strobl, Performer - John Jenkins, Composer

Outhere Outhere

15
Lyra Consort in D Minor: 2. Almaine
Amandine Beyer
00:01:49

Jane Achtman, Performer - Amandine BEYER, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Johannes Strobl, Performer - John Jenkins, Composer

Outhere Outhere

16
Lyra Consort in D Minor: 3. Coranto
Amandine Beyer
00:01:15

Jane Achtman, Performer - Amandine BEYER, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Johannes Strobl, Performer - John Jenkins, Composer

Outhere Outhere

17
Lyra Consort in D Minor: 4. Coranto
Amandine Beyer
00:01:17

Jane Achtman, Performer - Amandine BEYER, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Johannes Strobl, Performer - John Jenkins, Composer

Outhere Outhere

18
Division for Two Viols No. 5 in F Major
Jane Achtman
00:05:03

Jane Achtman, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Christopher Simpson, Composer

Outhere Outhere

19
A Division On a Ground By Mr. Banister
Amandine Beyer
00:02:41

Amandine BEYER, Performer - Johannes Strobl, Performer - John Banister, Composer

Outhere Outhere

20
Lyra Consort in D Minor: 1. Almaine
Amandine Beyer
00:02:58

Jane Achtman, Performer - Amandine BEYER, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Johannes Strobl, Performer - John Jenkins, Composer

Outhere Outhere

21
Lyra Consort in D Minor: 2. Coranto
Amandine Beyer
00:02:05

Jane Achtman, Performer - Amandine BEYER, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Johannes Strobl, Performer - John Jenkins, Composer

Outhere Outhere

22
Lyra Consort in D Minor: 3. Saraband
Amandine Beyer
00:02:24

Jane Achtman, Performer - Amandine BEYER, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Johannes Strobl, Performer - John Jenkins, Composer

Outhere Outhere

23
Lyra Consort in D Minor: 4. The Pleasing Slumber
Amandine Beyer
00:02:54

Jane Achtman, Performer - Amandine BEYER, Performer - Irene Klein, Performer - Johannes Strobl, Performer - John Jenkins, Composer

Outhere Outhere

Album Description

The "division" was a characteristic form of English music in the 17th century, somewhere between a ground bass work and a set of variations. Divisions are short pieces based on bass patterns, more often original than using the established ground basses of Italian music, and they could be manipulated in several ways. These works often show up on collections of viol consort music, but the British duo Musicke & Mirth, augmented by violinist Amandine Beyer and keyboardist Johannes Strobl, performs a service by bringing together varied examples of the tradition. The pieces and even the composers, except for William Lawes and John Jenkins, are hardly known. The level of virtuosity is moderate compared with, say, the La Follia tradition in Italy, but the charm lies instead with the domestic quality of the music and its ingenuity within that context. Consider the two pieces by Christopher Simpson entitled Division for two viols (tracks 10 and 18). These short duets expertly manipulate the dual requirements of variation and two-part counterpoint, and it's easy to see why Henry Purcell admired them; they have the same sort of economical timing found in his own music. The works by Jenkins called Lyra Consort are also compact fusions of the division and the dance suite. Elsewhere there are more elaborate divisions, as well as a suite by Lawes for two instruments called division viols. It's disappointing that you don't learn what those are; the pieces are played simply by the two bass viols of the core Musicke & Mirth duo, Jane Achtman and Irene Klein. The Ramée label's sound, from Switzerland's Künstlerhaus Boswil, is a bit too live and metallic, but this is a fresh, worthwhile release.
© TiVo

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