Music for Comus - Corant 1 in F from Royal Consorts Set 9 by William Lawes
The first Corant in F from Royal Consorts Set 9 by by William Lawes (1602-1645) is played by The Musicians In Ordinary string band led by Christopher Verrette, 1st vln. with Patricia Ahern, 2nd vln. Felix Deak and Laura Jones, violas da gamba and John Edwards, theorbo.
We used Lawes' Royal Consort Set 9 as the dances for the Egerton children for our performance of John Milton's masque Comus. An Alman type dance is usually followed by a faster triple time dance in Jacobean court masques. By Lawes’ time the French influence of the courante can be heard in such dances.
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