Johannes Ciconia: ‘Le Ray au Soleyl’ | Team Recorder LIVE!

Johannes Ciconia: ‘Le Ray au Soleyl’ | Team Recorder LIVE!

hello everybody I’m Sarah and I’m a regatta bear so just a quick introduction before we get into the music last week I had a concert which I filmed and I thought it would be really nice to share these performances with you so after you listen to the music I will talk a little bit about the piece so that you can learn more about it I think I’m gonna do this with about five pieces from the concert and I’m gonna release these videos gradually over the next few months though every so often you have something new to listen to in this concert we play a whole mixture of stuff medieval music some bar some folk music some contemporary music so I thought it would be really interesting to share with you all this first piece let a oso lay by your hon Estonia is one of my favorite pieces I’m not gonna say anything about it before you listen but I want you to try and work out when this piece would have been written and what is actually going on while we’re playing because it’s very interesting okay and joy [Applause] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] so that was Linnaeus oleh by Johannes Chacon eeeh this piece was actually written in the 14th century and yes it is meant to be played like this maybe you noticed but all three of us were playing the same melody but at different speeds this kind of rhythmic game was known as a pronation or immense Eurasian cannon and composers in the Middle Ages loved this kind of thing so my colleague Jose started off with the cannon in three then I joined her playing in four and and odo comes in playing it three times as slow as you say and yes this is original I think it’s just genius that he could write a cannon that not only works as a cannon but in different speeds and it lines up in terms of harmony and of course when you’re arranging it you can choose to start all together we choose to start one by one and a fun fact we also perform this as a live installation where we repeat it for an hour whilst the audience lies on the floor on cushions going it’s a real experience if you want to book this live installation just email me I am actually going to put a link to the music in the description below so you can try it out too the melody itself is quite easy to play but getting the three voices together is tricky so it’s actually a really nice challenge if there are other pronation canons that you know of please let me know because I love them as always you can subscribe to my channel by clicking on my face down here and you can choose the support team recorder through our patreon up here hey I’m gonna leave a link to quite an old video where I introduce you to our Renaissance console these beautiful instruments that we are playing so please check that out – thanks for watching and have a great day

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  1. This is great, I'm familiar with this piece being sung, I had not heard it on the recorder; a composer by the name of Jordan Alexander Key has written a rhythmic structural analysis of this piece in an article on mathematical medieval music; this is actually a riddle. Here's the link to the article:

  2. Oi , sou Brasileiro e amo muito seus vídeos mas como não falo inglês gostaria de saber se você poderia colocar a legenda em português pois não falo inglês,se você entender meu comentário põe legenda por favor ??☺

  3. It's miles away from the style and era – but what sprang into my mind was the Benjamin Britten song, 'Old Abram Brown is dead and gone'!
    Delightful to listen to, Sarah! Well done and thanks for sharing!

  4. Wonderful. Various Prog rock bands got into this kind of writing (National Health and Egg for two – give a listen to the piece “Wring Out The Ground Loosely Now,” especially the vocal introduction). It also has some similarities to certain jazz practices.

  5. It's very nice, with natural sounds, magic polyphony, growing slowly, in perfect harmony, also reminiscent of pygmies songs. Thanks

  6. subtitles: hello everybody, I'm Sarah and I'm a regatta bear

    i don't even know what regatta is…

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