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Architectural detail from the Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Detail from the Alhambra in Granada

'East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet'. So wrote Rudyard Kipling, but in the world of early music at least, the artistry of the Middle East exerted a huge influence on the instruments and compositions of Europe. From Greek music theory to wandering minstrels, and poetic song-forms to filigree melodies, Lucie Skeaping surveys the musical legacy of this lively contact, visiting medieval dance-music, Sephardic song and plainchant along the way.
 
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Playlist

Bach: Chorale "Jesu bleibet meine Freude" (extract)
The Monteverdi Choir / The English Baroque Soloists / John Eliot Gardner
Archiv 4318092
Track 17

Anon: Danse Real (extract)
Dufay Collective
CCD 1042
Track 1


Andalusia:
Trad: "Mezcla los vasos" (extract)
Eduardo Paniagua / El Arabi Ensemble
Pneuma PN 320
Track 1

Anon: Enamorado Nostalgico
Eduardo Paniagua / El Arabi Ensemble
Pneuma PN 500
Track 7


Dance music:
Chominciamento di Gioia (Istanpitta) (excerpt) - La Quatre Estampie Reales - 1st Ductia
Dufay Collective
CCD 1042
Track 1 - 3 - 4


Lauda:
Trad: Laudario di Cortona - Fa mi cantar di la beata
Oni Wytars Ensemble
Naxos 8557637
Track 2


Music from feature:
Bestenegar taqsim (improvisation)
Suleyman Erguner
Enmusic 1912
Track 1


Crusades:
Anon : Dum Pater Familias
New Orleans Musica da Camera
Centaur CRC 2373
Track 1

Anon: La Virgen de la Leche
Musica Antigua, dir Eduardo Paniagua
Pneuma PN2-880
CD 1 Track 3

Anon: Bele Doette (excerpt)
Thais St Julien
Centaur CRC 2373
Track 13
1'33"


Liturgy:
Trad: High Holidays Liturgy
Jacob Adi
Spectrum SM 1604-2
CD 2 Track 1 (excerpt)

Trad: "Shema Israel"
Dormition Abbey Choir
Musica Sancta Vol 1
Track 2
1:00

Trad: Per Gloriam
Escolania de la Abadia de Santa Cruz - Schola Anitqua, dir. Padre Laurentino Saenz de Buruaga OSB
Jade 74321285952
Track 33


European Jewish music:
Diego Pisador: Quien huviesse tal ventura (1552)
Ensemble Sarband
DHM 05472 77372 2
Track 5

Fuggi, fuggi, fuggi (Il Ballo di Mantova)
Ensemble Lucidarium
BBC Recording
2:08


Bach: Chorale "Jesu bleibet meine Freude" (closing extract)
The Monteverdi Choir / The English Baroque Soloists / John Eliot Gardner
Archiv 4318092
Track 17


Opening stanza from Kipling's The Ballad of East and West:

OH, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat;
But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth,
When two strong men stand face to face, tho' they come from the ends of the earth!




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