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Division-Musick - works from the Baroque by Jenkins, Lawes, Simpson, Baltzar, Eccles et al. / Musicke & Mirth

Audio Samples

>Jenkins, John : Suite (Divisions) for lyra viol consort in D major
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Divisions for 2 bass viola da gambas & organ in G minor
>Simpson, Christopher : Divisions in G major for 2 bass viols, theorbo & harpsichord
>Baltzar, Thomas : Prelude
>Eccles, Solomon : A Division to a Ground, for archlute & bass viol
>Simpson, Christopher : Divisions on a Ground for 2 bass viols in C major
>Jenkins, John : Suite (Divisions) for lyra viol consort in D minor
>Simpson, Christopher : Divisions for 2 bass viols in F
>Banister, John : Divisions on a Ground

Album Summary

>Jenkins, John : Suite (Divisions) for lyra viol consort in D major
>Lawes, William [Composer] : Divisions for 2 bass viola da gambas & organ in G minor
>Simpson, Christopher : Divisions in G major for 2 bass viols, theorbo & harpsichord
>Baltzar, Thomas : Prelude
>Eccles, Solomon : A Division to a Ground, for archlute & bass viol
>Simpson, Christopher : Divisions on a Ground for 2 bass viols in C major
>Jenkins, John : Suite (Divisions) for lyra viol consort in D minor
>Simpson, Christopher : Divisions for 2 bass viols in F
>Banister, John : Divisions on a Ground
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Division-Musick" is a term used by Christopher Simpson during the 17th century to describe a typically English improvisatory style of diminution. Musicians generally used short bass melodies called grounds as the basis for intricate and virtuoso diminutions, beginning with simple and slow melodies over a bass melody, and ending with very fast and virtuosic diminutions after a varying number of repetitions of the melody. Both singers and instrumentalists practiced this art of diminution, but the preferred instrument for divisions was the so-called "division viol." This CD aims to give some audible insight into English virtuosity in the Baroque era.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Künstlerhaus, Boswil, Switzerland (02/2011-03/2011).



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Works Details

>Jenkins, John : Suite (Divisions) for lyra viol consort in D major
  • Performers: Amandine Beyer (Violin); Johannes Strobl (Virginal); Johannes Strobl (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Musicke & Mirth
  • Running Time: 10 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lawes, William [Composer] : Divisions for 2 bass viola da gambas & organ in G minor
  • Performers: Johannes Strobl (Virginal); Amandine Beyer (Violin); Johannes Strobl (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Musicke & Mirth
  • Running Time: 7 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Simpson, Christopher : Divisions in G major for 2 bass viols, theorbo & harpsichord
  • Performers: Amandine Beyer (Violin); Johannes Strobl (Virginal); Johannes Strobl (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Musicke & Mirth
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 16th Century

>Baltzar, Thomas : Prelude
  • Performers: Amandine Beyer (Violin); Johannes Strobl (Virginal); Johannes Strobl (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Musicke & Mirth
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Eccles, Solomon : A Division to a Ground, for archlute & bass viol
  • Performers: Amandine Beyer (Violin); Johannes Strobl (Virginal); Johannes Strobl (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Musicke & Mirth
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Simpson, Christopher : Divisions on a Ground for 2 bass viols in C major
  • Performers: Amandine Beyer (Violin); Johannes Strobl (Organ); Johannes Strobl (Virginal)
  • Ensemble: Musicke & Mirth
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Jenkins, John : Suite (Divisions) for lyra viol consort in D minor
  • Performers: Amandine Beyer (Violin); Johannes Strobl (Virginal); Johannes Strobl (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Musicke & Mirth
  • Running Time: 15 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Simpson, Christopher : Divisions for 2 bass viols in F
  • Performers: Amandine Beyer (Violin); Johannes Strobl (Organ); Johannes Strobl (Virginal)
  • Ensemble: Musicke & Mirth
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Banister, John : Divisions on a Ground
  • Performers: Amandine Beyer (Violin); Johannes Strobl (Organ); Johannes Strobl (Virginal)
  • Ensemble: Musicke & Mirth
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Jenkins, John : Suite (Divisions) for lyra viol consort in D minor
  • Performers: Amandine Beyer (Violin); Johannes Strobl (Virginal); Johannes Strobl (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Musicke & Mirth
  • Running Time: 15 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque