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A Musical Banquet


Songs for Lute, Voice, and Viol
In the Folger Elizabethan Theater
April 9-11, 2010

The Consort returns to its English roots with music from a 1610 anthology of songs entitled A Musicall Banquet, published by Robert Dowland, the son of the great lutenist John Dowland. A feast of varied styles, the collection includes English lute ayres, French court airs, and some of the most famous Italian monodies. In 1610, the lute and viol still reigned as the most popular and influential English instruments, but the violin was beginning to make its presence felt as well. Our program features some of the first English pieces for violins and viols together by John Cooper, also known as Giovanni Coprario.


Folger Consort

Rober Eisenstein--violin, viola, recorder

Christopher Kendall--lute


Guest Artists

Mark Bleeke--tenor

Mary Springfels--viol, cittern

Charles Weaver--lute, guitar

Tom Zajac--recorder, flute, bagpipe, trombone




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