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”Division-Musick“ is a term used by Christopher Simpson during the 17th century to describe a typically English improvisatory style of diminution. Musicians generally used short bass melodies called grounds as the basis for intricate and virtuoso diminutions, beginning with simple and slow melodies over a bass melody, and ending with very fast and virtuosic diminutions after a varying number of repetitions of the melody.
Both singers and instrumentalists practiced this art of diminution, but the preferred instrument for divisions was the so-called ”division viol“.
This CD aims to give some audible insight into English virtuosity in the Baroque era.
John Jenkins: Lyra Consort in D major
I. Ecco coranto
II. Aire pasionetta
William Lawes: Sett No. 1 in G minor
Christopher Simpson: Division for 2 Viols No. 7 in G minor
Division for 2 Viols No. 7 in G minor
Thomas Baltzar: Prelude
Solomon Eccles: A Division on a Ground
A Division on a Ground by Mr. John Eckles
Christopher Simpson: Division for 2 Viols No. 1 in C major
Division for 2 Viols No. 1 in C major
John Jenkins: Lyra Consort in D minor
Christopher Simpson: Division for 2 Viols No. 5 in F major
Division for 2 Viols No. 5 in F major
John Banister: A Division on a Ground by Mr. Banister
A Division on a Ground by Mr. Banister
John Jenkins: Suite in D minor
VII. The Pleasing Slumber
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