Renaissance Dance Band


Recorded in 1995 at Pamela Emerson's Music Room, Cambridge, Massachuetts.

Produced by Peter Bloom

Recording Engineer: Ralph Dopmeyer
Design: Mary McCarthy
Cover art: Jan Steen, detail of The Dancing Couple (1663), oil on canvas, Widener Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Total playing time: 62:15


  • Furioso all'Italiana, Nobiltà di Dame (1600) Fabritio Caroso (c. 1527/35 - after 1605)
  • Contrapasso Nuovo by Caroso
  • Improvisations on La Folia
  • Adda Felice, Le Grazie d'Amore (1602) Cesare Negri (c. 1535 - after 1604)
  • Alta Vittoria Caroso
  • Pavane Lesquercarde, Premier Livre de Danseries (1571) Pierre Philese (c. 1510 - 1573/6)
  • La Rocque Gaillarde, Premier Livre de Danseries (1571) Pierre Phalese (c. 1510 - 1573/6)
  • Celeste Giglio Caroso
  • Susanne un jour, Orlando di Lasso (1532 - 1594), diminutions by Francesco Rognoni (1620)
  • Nido d'Amore Caroso
  • Spagnoletta Nuova Caroso
  • Improvisations on Passa e Mezzo
  • Petite Fleur, Thomas Crequillon (1480/1500 - 1557?) diminutions by Girolamo delta Casa (1584)
  • Pavane Ferrareze, Premier Livre de Danseries (1571), Pierre Phalèse
  • Gaillard Ferrareze, Premier Livre de Danseries (1571), Pierre Phalèse
  • Branles, after Claude Gervaise (fl 1540 - 60) Livres de Danseries (1547-1555)

About the Performers

John Tyson, music director, recorder, pipe and tabor, is a winner of the Erwin Bodky International Competition and the Noah Greenberg Award. He has appeared as soloist in Italy, France, Germany, England, Scotland, Chile, Canada, Japan and throughout the United States as well as with major ensembles in Europe and the United States. John has recorded for Erato, Harmonia Mundi, Sine Qua Non and Ventadorn records and with Boston's Handel & Haydn Society under Christopher Hogwood. His solo CD Something old Something New features baroque and contemporary music for recorder and strings. He is on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music, the Corso Internazionale di Musica Antica in Urbino, Italy and is Music Director for the Court Dance Company of New York.

Douglas Freundlich, lute, was a Bodky winner and Musical America "Young Artist of the Year" with the Greenwood Consort; he has performed with the Boston Symphony, Boston Baroque, Swanne Alley, Ex Machina, the Spoleto Festival, Capriole and many other ensembles. He currently teaches lute at the Longy School, where he was director of the Early Music Program for many years; other lute teaching includes Amherst Early Music, Lute Society of America Seminars, Boston University and Brandeis University. Doug was a consultant on the Orpheé edition of the lute music of John Johnson, and is editor of an upcoming edition on Francis Cutting. He also cross-trains as a bebop bassist, catalogs early music manuscripts at Harvard, and teaches a course on the Psychology Of Music at Tufts. Recordings: TelArc, Titanic, Sine Qua Non.

Reinmar Seidler, cellist, is one of New England's most versatile and adventurous young musicians. Mr. Seidler received his musical education in the U.S. and Europe, at the Eastman School, Indiana University, and as a Fulhright Scholar in Dusseldorf. At Indiana, he studied cello with Janos Starker and early performance practices with Thomas Binkley. Beside Renaissance And Baroque repertoires, he performs new and recent compositions as a member of the Boston Composer's String Quartet; the classical court repertoire of the Ottoman Empire with the EurAsia Ensemble; and Baroque and Classical repertoire with the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston. Mr. Seidler has appeared in chamber music festivals including Wolftrap, Ravinia, the Boston Early Music Festival, the International Early Music Festival of Mexico, and the Istanbul International Festival. He has taught and performed throughout Central and South America. He is a faculty member both at the New England Conservatory Extension Division and the Boston Conservatory.

Jacqueline Schwah is best known for her solo piano improvisations on traditional music in Ken Burns's award-winning Civil War (Grammy) and Baseball (Emmy) PBS series (Elektra/Nonesuch label). she is also known for her performances with the English country dance ensemble Bare Necessities (Rounder/Varrick and Flying Fish labels) and with Scottish singer, Jean Redpath and fiddler Alasdair Fraser. She has researched primary sources for eighteenth-century English country dance music. She has also accompanied many styles of dance, including English and Scottish, traditional American, ballroom, ballet, modern and jazz.

James Johnston, violin and viola, has performed widely as a chamber and orchestral musician and as a soloist throughout the U.S. He has appeared at the Musicisti Americani Festival in Sulmona, Italy, the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy, and with the Boston Camerata at the Festival of Aix-en-Provence. In Boston he performs regularly with the Handel and Haydn Society, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and Banchettto Musicale. James is Director of Music and organist at St. Paul Church in Arlington. He is a winner of the 1990 Noah Greenberg Award for his performance of nineteenth-century American music with D.C. Hall's New Concert and Quadrille Band. He holds degrees in Baroque violin and in musicology from New England Conservatoy where he studied with Daniel Stepner.

For more information or to engage Renaissonics, please contact:

John Tyson, 310 1/2 Pearl Street, Cambridge, MA 02139, 617-661-3353.

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