The Chansonniers

Songs and dances from around the sixteenth century

Some trad tunes, old and new


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A spritely three-part polka from the late eighteenth century, on flute, harp, percussion, viols, small guitar. Discovered from the playing of the band Stocai.

Peaceful River / Bend in the River / Shepherd and Shepherdess

Three tunes on harp, bass viol, and English concertina: a slow air by Gian Marco Pietrasanta, 'Peaceful River'; a waltz, 'The Bend in the River'; and a fast eighteenth-century tune, 'The Shepherd and Shepherdess', discovered from the playing of the band Boldwood.