Explore different examples of the most popular song and dance music of the Renaissance, featuring works by Michael Preatorius and John Playford.
Episode 8 playlist
John Playford: "Four English Country Dances" Renaissance dance music was often played on stringed instruments and a popular wind instrument, called a recorder.
LISTEN John Playford: Four English Country Dances
Michael Praetorius: "Dance Suite from Terpsichore" Many Renaissance dances were slower, and performed at parties in large groups.
LISTEN Michael Praetorius: Dance Suite from Terpsichore
Thomas Morely: "I love, alas, I love thee" Songs of the Renaissance were sung in small groups, without instruments.
LISTEN Thomas Morely: I love, alas, I love thee.
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