Mercure, Jean - Sarabande

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Mercure, Jean - Sarabande

Post by eno » Sun May 21, 2017 4:18 pm

Mercure, Jean - Sarabande
from Balcarres Manuscript, 1680
Mercure, Jean - Sarabande.mp3
Played on Bernabe Spruce
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Paulino Bernabe 'India' 2001
Masaru Kohno No.6 1967
Rokutaro Nakade 1967
Mitsuru Tamura No.800 1969

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Re: Mercure d'Orleans - Sarabande

Post by Luuttuaja » Sun May 21, 2017 8:59 pm

Thanks for the recording! I haven't heard of this lute composer earlier - or at least that's what I think. I do however have two CDs containing music from Balcarres lute book, I have to go and check them. Your Bernabe sounds fantastic for this type of music!

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Re: Mercure d'Orleans - Sarabande

Post by eno » Sun May 21, 2017 9:11 pm

Thank you. Yes, I recorded two pieces today that are rarely played, I learned them when I played lute a while ago.
Bernabe indeed sounds well for early music, it has a blend of lute sound
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Re: Mercure d'Orleans - Sarabande

Post by spanishguitarmusic » Sun May 21, 2017 10:36 pm

Thank you for the very nice mp3! I enjoyed listening to it! Your guitar sounds good as well.

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Re: Mercure d'Orleans - Sarabande

Post by pogmoor » Sun May 21, 2017 10:50 pm

Nice playing; I like the strums you include which make it sound very much like the way a baroque lutenist might play it :)

However this piece is not in fact by Mercure D'Orleans, who was a musician active in France towards the end of the sixteenth century, but (probably) by another composer with a similar name, Jean Mercure, a French musician who lived in Britain for many years and who replaced Robert Dowland (son of John Dowland) as a court musician. The piece seems to have been quite popular as it is found in a number of versions in various sources, including a keyboard version in the Elizabeth Rogers Virginal Book and a lyra viol version attributed to a musician called Dietrich Steffkins. Back in 2006 I posted a recording of my adaptation of the keyboard version here: viewtopic.php?f=48&t=11030.
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Re: Mercure d'Orleans - Sarabande

Post by eno » Sun May 21, 2017 11:57 pm

pogmoor, thanks for educating historical info, that's very interesting! I corrected the name of the composer according to your suggestion.
As for playing with strums, I learnt it by following the playing of this piece by Thomas Berghan

The scores in lute tab are here, the guitar is in lute tuning (3-rd string to F#)
Paulino Bernabe 'India' 2001
Masaru Kohno No.6 1967
Rokutaro Nakade 1967
Mitsuru Tamura No.800 1969

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