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Alla Francesca at the 2009 York Early Music Festival

As part of a programme exploring the Black Death's impact on early music, Catherine Bott presents highlights of a concert by Alla Francesca from the 2009 York Early Music Festival.

In a programme exploring the impact of the Black Death on early music, Catherine Bott introduces highlights of a concert given in the Chapter House of York Minster by the ensemble Alla Francesca as part of the York Early Music Festival 2009. The music includes settings of Hebrew prayers, anonymous songs from the Jewish community, and sequences of instrumental and vocal music by Machaut.

All music performed by Alla Francesca:
Helene Decarpignies (voice)
Brigitte Lesne (voice, harp, percussion)
Emmanuel Vistorky (voice)
Marco Horvat (voice, lute)
Vivabiancaluna Biffi (vielle)
Pierre Hamon (recorders, bagpipe)

Ovadia Hager: Barukh Hagever (Hebrew prayer)
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Moniot de Paris: Shalfu tzarim (Hebrew elegy)

Machaut: Comment qu'a moy/Douce dame jolie (virelais)
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Machaut: Puis que ma dolour (virelai)
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Machaut: Honte, paour et doubtance (diminution from Codex Faenza)
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Machaut: Mors sui se je ne vous voy (virelai)
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Machaut: De toutes flous n'avoit et de tous fruis (ballade)
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Machaut: Dame a vous sans retollir (virelai)

Anon: Nu tret herzuo der boessen welle (penitent's song for the Black Death)
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Anon: Maria unser frowe kyrie eleyson (penitent's song for the Black Death)

Anon: Mamenyu, lyubenyu (song)
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Anon: Graff von Rom (song)
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Anon: Tif in veldele vakst a beymele (song)
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Anon: Unter a kleyn beymele (song).

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