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November 10, 2014 / consort3

Renaissance to Rock

Updated 29 June 2016

I was introduced to Renaissance music in the early 1970’s by Jan Akkerman’s Lute playing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fV35BrRn4

The piece is 400 years old. But the music is by British composer  Dowland who was a contemporary of Shakespeare.  Did they know each other? I was looking for a link, then found a piece called Lady Hunsdon’s alemain (or puffe). Apparently it was named puffe since this  strenuous dance made the dancers puff! Since Lord Hunsdon was in charge of  Shakespeare’s players I think there was a link. I wondered why I liked such disparate music as Status Quo with its 12 bar blues form and Renaissance Pavanes. Then I found in this excellent piece on Barbershop singing a link between 12 bar and the Quadrant Pavane

http://h2g2.com/edited_entry/A87831723

There is a sexier link between Shakespeare and Dowland. The Elisabethan court had employed Italian musicians to teach them the lute and one of the families was the Bassanos. It is now widely held that Emilia Lanier (nee Bassano) was the Dark Lady of the sonnets. The English lutenists in turn travelled all over Europe for instance Dowland went to Denmark. See this (the golden age chapter and the previous chapter):

http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/The_Lute_in_Britain.html?id=OQPLgjs2n7IC

For more on Shakespeare see my piece on Shakespeare Scrapbook

Back to Dowland

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNS0osuK7Xc

Guitar interpretation by Jamie Andreas the Hunsdon piece is second

http://www.youtube.com/user/jamieandreas#p/u/13/G6vw7tp1QdI http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A55545348

Renaissance music Watkins Ale

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3znw4gCk5R0

Renaissance choir:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhLzyaCPIUk

Incidentally I was lucky enough to see Focus (Jan Akkerman’s group) about 1972. Brilliant! Akkermans cutting lead guitar and Van Leer’s organ, flute and vocals with his staring eyes and unkempt hair was like a latter day Beethoven. I bought  the records but they sounded bland, needing mid-range boost to restore the ‘concert’ sound. The Dowland piece is on Akkermans solo album Tabernakel Talking of great guitarists I wondered what had happened to Ritchie Blackmore. Post Purple he founded Rainbow, now he ‘s got another band Blackmore’s Night who do medieval stuff as well:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnm5isS2rHM

More modern but better than Ralph Mctell’s original. Candice has shades of Sandy Denny  & Maddy Prior

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZd67FxR2Ig

Who is Maddy Prior? Well here she is performing with Steeleye Span

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zzwbYyvWiU

Pachebels canon updated

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF6cnLnEARo

Classical comedy version of the Canon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3k84GI-AgB4

Demis Roussos variation on a theme:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v=YUq44Ikz33k

Los poptops variation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0c2Ub2EbSU

Switched on version of the Canon with good visual presentation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAslx3oCC5c

Another  descending bass line chord progression, Percy Sledge:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v=Y8raabzZNqw

RIP Percy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESJ0mmhsex8

Jackie Wilson, Alone at last based on Tchaikovskys no 1 piano concerto

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQYDNTKvHeA

Bob Marley

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x59kS2AOrGM

Procul Harum Whiter shade of pale

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mb3iPP-tHdA

Jackie Mittoo Reggae version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPeUEK4wyao&list=PLtL4MjMp5Qh_Wfcxgi4YfGVOEeUXaP0ct

Derived from Air on a g string lovely guitar version

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUPx42UmSng

The Toys, Lovers Concerto, derived from Minuet in G major

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGLshciXjxU

Reggae version of Take five

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqrSo-uN2A4

Reggae love song Tenderly by Ginger Williams

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwQV4FixDPA

Boris Gardiner with Elizabethan reggae

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZYCfkWLWZI

Another version of Elizabethan serenade by Roger Whiitaker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3-IoylSOuc

Jethro Tull performing a version of Bach’s Bourre in E minor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2RNe2jwHE0

Bach meets Michael Jackson with the Piano Guys

Pop to Classical Bohemian Rhapsody

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfZmMJKIBec

Bohemian Rhapsody played by a fairground organ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTnGI6Knw5Q

Peaceful and poignant Bream performing Concerto de Aranjuez

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJzur5y06FE

Pop to jazz Louie Louie by way of Cast my fate to the wind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKsb66u8dq0

Now cast your fate to the wind

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTA3aOfrDHA

Another genre change to Ska

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfjCdWlMUZg

More reggae Johnny Nash

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYhRpbqe1Zg

big band version of Blowin in the wind

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AI1v2Ma45g

Dudley Moore’s take on Beethoven:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GazlqD4mLvw

Pachebels Canon in the style of Beethovens Moonlight sonata

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30e0VDIPkeo

Deep Purples take on Beethoven

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i4Fp8xKOGw

Beethovens Ode to joy in various styles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buXqNqBFd6E

Jon Lord doing BookerT with Bach

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gz0cc9dUnJc

I cannot get enough of Lords growly Hammond. Have mercy. Bear with intro till 1.30. Oh dear, I seem to have moved from the Medieval to Memphis.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIBdNbwEY7Q

More Hammond sound Spencer Davis Group

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko3m0NBbq1o

More Steve Winwood

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j6g_uUhH2c

Even more Hammond organ Red River Rock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvrD7XDwQ3Q

How to get your guitar sounding like a Hammond organ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98u-MDTKAWU

Jon Lord Pre-Purple 1966

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GM8O4CdCqQ

Gillan & Glover Pre-Purple doing Mozart

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8xFmve5g84

Classic Deep Purple track I had not heard for years

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4UjWtLyYBY

John lee Hooker Boom  boom  boom

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X70VMrH3yBg

Brilliant cover of the above with the legendary Canvey island coffin dodger Wilko Johnson There cannot be many rock guitarists who could recite the medieval Piers Plowman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snujJcogP4Y

More helpings of Dr Feelgood. Lee was great as well

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHm7uIC84YM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuvYL2AnSeE

Canned heat On the road again

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRKNw477onU

Glen Campbell, the William Tell overture. Just saw live a great version of this by the Barron Knights (incredibly 55 years in the business)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaNgpXCdaOs

TTFN Jimmy Young The man from Laramie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-emr0KZPxI

Mrs Mills Honky tonk version of Tavern in the town. Abbey road studios still have the Mrs Mills piano

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kegnoOuQt_Q

Fats Waller, I’m gonna write myself a letter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?8ZZRAU3DeOo

Boogie Woogie piano from 1938

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnO-Wp4BZMg

Elvis. Mess of Blues. Great rolling blues piano style

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJnFXAlzNQc

Elvis. His latest flame

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59pOE3OmUi8

Let’s be careful out there Hill St Blues theme tune

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Je2fGzKiqRM

Another poignant theme tune Take 3 girls Pentangle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9gCN9-Jnfg

Bobby Timmons Moanin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNjRQo-zpKA

Jools Holland Bumble Boogie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_A1VAsl_4TY

Tribute to Barry Norman, Film critic, his theme tune

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brBtTluod_w

Flamin Groovies Laurie did it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swMA2NgF-xE

Monkees Daydream believer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJMyXxiBR1Q

Box Tops Soul Deep

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–f55NUHGbo

Fortunes Caroline Takes me back to the pirate ships

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYmTJ9uA5AQ

Riders on the storm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS-af9Q-zvQ

I was lucky enough to be at a pre-tour tryout gig about 1999 when the Who got back together. It was touching to see Roger and Pete embrace at the end of the gig as they realised they could still hack it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3h–K5928M

Van Morrison Brown eyed girl

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqXSBe-qMGo

RIP Mr Newman of Thunderclap Newman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8zmkzshUvE

Eclection Nevertheless from 1968
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1zwWG6Bmn0

Soul limbo cricket theme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvsCjJtz4fs

Talking of Cricket here is 10cc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGLsAkeRd84

From leather to rubber, Kim Wildes Dad Marty, her Mum was a Vernons girl BTW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtmOGw4HWKk

Mix of the Evs and the Shadows styles, the Searchers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIrUUUtyi2Q

Keep on by Bruce Channel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y98T7wJFukA

Contemporary of Marty Wilde, Joe Brown, still rocking  with Sea of Heartbreak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do6wg3xVf2k

Another contemporary, I am just too young to realise how big a star Billy Fury was, he was sadly taken too soon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9MTXBQp5OgI

Dave Edmunds, Queen of Hearts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qy2HdKaP1EU

1994 Welsh rockers Dave Edmunds and  a young looking Geraint Watkins with a Chuck Berry number

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIIoWFnsc6w&

Marmalade, Baby make it soon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMspzf7_oHY

King Curtis Memphis soul stew

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Loy55z4GpA

Staying alive N trance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiKOif0UKRM

Vangelis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kRS4pkrBqE

Sandie Shaw Long live love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUybFOUSb0I

Manfred Mann Go now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1Tl2cVeCbY

Whatever it is Booker T and Steve Cropper have still got it. Green Onions at the Stax Prom. Brilliant event by the way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DE8ThaDaUdw

Booker T Groovin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euWA4j0PPpo

Dire Straits Gotta time those woohoos

https://youtu.be/kd9TlGDZGkI

Musical analysis of Pop hits

https://qz.com/1035049/the-mozart-like-complexity-of-carly-rae-jepsens-biggest-hits/

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