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Lancaster and Valois: French & English Music, ca. 1350-1420 ()

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Lancaster and Valois: French & English Music, ca.1350-1420 features the English early music vocal group Gothic Voices firing on all cylinders in a much loved repertoire: surveying musical currents beginning with Guilliame Machaut and leading up to the dawn of the Renaissance in about 1420. This era is the dominion of single-named composers represented to posterity by only by 2-10 works and numerous pieces that remain anonymous despite some items finding wide distribution in manuscripts of the time. Lancaster and Valois were the two royal houses that ruled England and France, respectively, and this fact forms the basis for the program, a general enough concept to allow Gothic Voices wide latitude in selecting its content.The most impressive piece here is undoubtedly the Credo by composer Pycard, who may have been French or English; all that is known of him is that he served as a clerk in the employ of John of Gaunt in the 1390s. Represented by nine works in the Old Hall Manuscript, Pycard's six-minute,... Hide synopsis

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