Tourdion

A "Tourdion" was a medieval dance similar to a Gavotte the name "Tourdion" is derived from the French verb meaning "to twist" this particular medieval dance was very popular but fell out of favour until it was revived as a drinking song  that was popularised by Pierre Attaignant,  1  Attaignant knew a good song when…

Giaches de Wert (1535-96): O sacrum convivium

De Wert’s setting of the Antiphon for Second Vespers at Corpus Christi is an overlooked but fascinating piece of music that gives us an insight into this High Renaissance composer whose music deserves to be ranked alongside that of Willært, de Lassus, and Palestrina. It’s a stately piece of music setting a liturgical text based…