CHEVREFOIL – ISTANPITTA (RVRCD58)

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THE MEDIAEVAL TALE OF TRISTAN AND ISOLDE TOLD IN POETRY AND MUSIC.

Al Cofrin – oud, lute, saz, bagpipes, riqq, vielle and side tabor
Thea Goldsby – voice, vielle
Jonathan Brumley – recorders
Michael Tucker – tabla

with
Danny Johnson – voice, psaltery
Therese Honey – medieval harp
Tom Zajac – bagpipes, large tabor
Alys Dyke – voice

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Description

1 INTRODUCTION
1’.44″
2 QUARTE ESTAMPIE 3’.04″
3 AMORSO 3’.07″
4 PENSER NE DOIT VILENIE
3’.50″
5 MONTARDE/DIT LE BURGUYGNON 5’.04″
6 SALTERELLO 3/PETIT VRIENS 4’.35″
7 TRISTAN IS BANISHED 1’.13″
8 DE MOI DELOREUS 3’.18″
9 DE MOI DELOREUS (DANSE) 3’.46″
10 TRISTAN RETURNS TO CORNWALL 0’.57″
11 GHAETTA
7’.37″
12 RENDEZVOUS PLANS 2’.09″
13 QUANT JE SUIS 2’.44″
14 TRISTAN WRITES A NOTE TO ISOLDE 2’.31″
15 DE BONT DE VALOUR 4’.00″
16 ISOLDE STOPS TO MEET TRISTAN 1’.44″
17 LA ROTTA
4’.12″
18 ISOLDE COUNSELS TRISTAN 0’.48″
19 TRISTAN ACCEPTS THEIR FATE 2’.41″
20 LAMENT DI TRISTANO 2’.35″
21 CONCLUSION 1’.23″

NOTES

Tristan and Isolde
(also Tristam or Tristram or Tristrem and Isolt or Isolde or Yseut)

The story of these two medieval lovers was first circulated in Northern France in the 12th century. Over the next several centuries the story was translated into several languages and spread its way across Western Europe. A 13th century German version by Gottfriend von Strassburg was adapted in 1859 by Richard Wagner to create his famous opera “Tristan and Isolde.” The version presented here centres around the portion of the tale written by Marie de France around 1160 entitled “Lai du chevrefoil” (The tale of the honeysuckle).

The story of these two medieval lovers was first circulated in Northern France in the 12th century. Over the next several centuries the story was translated into several languages and spread its way across Western Europe. A 13th century German version by Gottfriend von Strassburg was adapted in 1859 by Richard Wagner to create his famous opera “Tristan and Isolde.” The version presented here centres around the portion of the tale written by Marie de France around 1160 entitled “Lai du chevrefoil” (The tale of the honeysuckle).

Of course, things did not go as planned. On the sea journey from Ireland to Cornwall, Tristan became thirsty and Brengwain accidentally gave both Tristan and Isolde the vial of love potion to drink. From this point on an uncontrolled passion developed between the two lovers. But Tristan, knowing that their true desires of living happily ever after could never be, went on to perform his duty by delivering Isolde to Cornwall and presenting her to King Mark. The King and Isolde were wed, but Tristan and Isolde continued their love affair until King Mark became convinced that his most trusted knight and his queen were meeting secretly. Tristan was banished. Here is where the story of Chevrefoil begins.

Al Cofrin

BIOGRAPHY

Istanpitta
Istanpitta was formed by Al Cofrin during the summer of 1994 as a means to perform interpretations of medieval dances developed as part of a college thesis project at the University of Texas. Eventually the ensemble was performing regularly in Houston and Oklahoma at venues geared towards early and world music. The main core of the group comprises the use of the medieval lute, vielle, recorder and percussion.

Therese Honey
Therese Honey is a well respected harpist in the Early and Folk Music communities. She has performed at many harp competitions in the United States and in Ireland. Therese is also a recording artist for Waterbug Records and has recorded for Dorian Records.

Tom Zajak
Tom Zajak is well known in the Early Music recording industry as a versatile performer with a variety of Medieval and Renaissance ensembles such as Piffaro, New York Early Music Ensemble, Ex Umbris, King’s Noyse, Newberry Consort, Anonymous 4, and the Waverly Consort. He has recorded on many labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Angel EMI, Virgin Veritas, Lyrichord, Windham Hill, and Dorian Records. Tom is on the faculty of Mannes College of Music in New York City and teaches at many Early Music workshops throughout the United States.

Alys Dyke
Alys Dyke has been singing Early Music since 1978 at the University of St. Thomas where she studied voice with Dr. Isabelle Ganz while earning a B.A. in music. She currently sings with Collegium Mysterium, and is Artist in Residence of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. Her work with other Early Music ensembles includes Houston Baroque Ensemble and Canzonetta. Alys has attended the Baroque Performance Institute in Oberlin, Ohio and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.

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THE MEDIAEVAL TALE OF TRISTAN AND ISOLDE TOLD IN POETRY AND MUSIC.