Music session - 29th May 2017
Sympkyn of the Moor, hammered dulcimer
Katherine of Glastonbury, harp
William de Cameron, tenor recorder
Elena y Delyn, bray harp
Tonight we played through Earl of Essex Measures for a warm up.
Next we played Washerwomans Bransle.
Then we spent a bit of time on Horses Bransle. As mentioned in previous posts, the key change is a challenge for the harps, but we had some experiments with setting different octaves to different key settings. This seems a workable option. Apart from that we were all practicing playing it from memory, both the melody instruments and those of us who also do chord accompaniment.
Next we had a similar bash at New Almain. Again there is a key change (well sort of) in that the melody has F#s in the first part and F naturals in the second part. We experimented with the same technique of different settings in different octaves which again seems to work pretty well. Likewise we did some work on practicing without dots, especially the fast runs in the melody.
To finish with we had a good romp through Pease Bransle.