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Dance Music

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Violin, played by Folger Consort Artistic Director, David Douglass

Dancing needs music, of course! Click on the links below to listen to samples of Elizabethan dance music.



Half Hannikin
This a fast song used in country dances, which were often for groups of people dancing together rather than couples.

Filles a marier
Does this song sound different to you? It originally came from France and features the fiddle.

La Shymyze
Thomas Mulliner included this song in his book of songs, The Mulliner Book . What instruments can you hear?

Harpsichord, played by Webb Wiggins

Did you know?

Elizabeth I's father, Henry VIII, was a talented musician who sang and played the organ and the lute. Elizabeth I was known for her skill playing the virginals, a keyboard instrument similar to a piano.

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