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Shakespeare & Beyond

An English Garden: Dancing tunes and lyric poetry in Elizabethan England

An English GardenAs the arts and culture flourished in Shakespeare’s England, musical life blossomed as well. This is the conceit behind An English Garden, the opening concert this season from Folger Consort, the Folger’s early music ensemble-in-residence.

An English Garden (Sep 22-24) features fiddles, viol, lute, cittern, winds, and soprano Emily Noël.

This excerpt from the program notes by Robert Eisenstein, founding member and program director of the Folger Consort, highlights a few of the selections, from country dancing tunes to English ayres for voice and lute.