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…

Alessandro Grandi (±1586 – 1630): O quam tu pulchra es

There are quite a few good performances on YouTube  of Grandi’s motet based upon the Song of Songs for soloist with continuo accompaniment, including this very nice performance by Philippe Jaroussky one which tends to be overlooked is this rendition by Arianna Vendittelli, accompanied by Renato Criscuolo and Simone Vallerotornda of Musicaperduta. Enjoy :-). mfi

Cole Porter (1891-1964): The tale of the oyster – Grant Doyle

Porter’s ‘Tale of the oyster’ received it’s first airing in 1929 in a show called ‘Fifty Million Frenchmen‘. Like many of Porter’s songs the ‘tale’ excoriates the snobbery and social climbing of New York ‘society’ and I suspect that this was why Gilbert Seldes who knew which side his bread was buttered on dismissed it…

Franz Schubert (1797-1828): Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D774

This deceptively simple song is one of Schubert’s most pleasing, and famous, water songs, it’s strophic but we hardly notice that we hear the same music in each of the three verses. The lyrics are a sentimental poem by  L. Graf zu Stollberg which Schubert takes and gives it  a rhythmic and harmonic treatment that…