THE XII WONDERS OF THE WORLD – A 17TH CENTURY ENGLISH MASQUE
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Code: ACCENT SACD 24185
|MUSIC by MAYNARD, MORLEY, DOWLAND, PLAYFORD, BRADE, LOCKE, a.o.
Echo du Danube:
Elisabeth Seitz, salterio; Martin Jopp, violin; Michael Dücker, lute/theorbo; Johanna Seitz, harp; Christian Zincke, viola da gamba/violone; Julia Blitz, shawm/recorder; Josue Melendez, cornett; Cas Gevers, trombone; Michele Claude, percussion; Rob Wyn Jones, narrator
The XII Wonders of the World is a collection of lute songs by lutenist and singer John Maynard after poems by Sir John Davies. It was published 1612. These satiric songs make fun not only of various groups of human society but also of famous persons of their time such as John Dowland. From this collection Echo du Danube’s presents a selection in form of a masque. A “Masque” was a kind of funny, shrilly revue, presented at court or for other high ranking and rich audiences. The costume figurine shown on the cover of this SACD indicates that seriousness was not the name of that game …