SOMNIA IMPERII – DAVID MARSHALL (RVRCD70)

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PRAECONES PROVINCIAE BRITANNIAE

David Marshall, Valerie Marshall
Lee Gillett, Susanna Shadrake

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1 (i) POMPA GLADIATORUM 2’.20″
2 (ii) RETIARUS 2’.44″
3 (iii) POMPA BRITANNIA 2’.00″
4 II SYLVANUS 3’.42″
5 III NYMPHA 1’.32″
6 IV COPA (Virgil) 6’.03″
7 V SATURNALIA

(i) FEASTING FOR SATURNALIA
(ii) REVELRY

6’.07″
8 VI NEPTUNUS 3’.48″
9 VII (i) NEMESIS) 6’.13″
10 (ii) LEGIO HISPANA 3’.39″
11 (iii) SYBILLA 1’.30″
12 VIII ARA PACIS 2’.43″
13 IX TRICLINIUM
(i) AEIDE MOUSA
(ii) KALLIOPE
(iii) EPITAPH FOR SEIKILOS
(iv) TEMPUS VERNUM
5’.30″
14 X THE ROMAN BATHS

(i) THERMAE
(ii) LABRUM
(iii) TEPIDARIUM

4’.31″
15 XI FERIAE

(i) FLAMINA
(ii) POMPA CIRCENSIS
(iii) BACCHANALIA

3’.46″
16 (iv) FLAMINA
(v) SACERDOTES POPULI ROMANI
(vi) GLORIA ROMAE
4’.43″
17 XII (i) POMPA FUNERIS
18 (ii) FLUMEN STYX 6’.15″

NOTES

ROMAN MUSIC COMPOSED BY DAVID MARSHALL PLAYED ON HISTORICAL INSTRUMENTS BY PRAECONES PROVINCIAE BRITANNIAE.

Classical Greece was much admired and copied by the Romans in many aspects. It will therefore come as no surprise to find Greek names amongst the instruments used on this recording.

As to the probable sound of Roman music, almost nothing is known. Quite simply, a “style” has to be arrived at on the basis of reasonable assumptions and likely influences. Unavoidably therefore, the music presented here should only be taken as a “suggestion” – one reflecting my personal opinions and feelings on the subject.

However, we do have a good idea of the instruments themselves from mosaics, wall paintings, carvings and, in a few cases, finds. We cannot hope to know everything but it is abundantly clear that music played an important part in many areas of Roman life. Despite the inevitable speculation as to use, identification and tuning of many of these long-vanished instruments, I still felt the need to take up the challenge!

In putting together the programme, it has been my aim to use each instrument’s “voice” in a way that suits it best, in order to create what I hope comes across as believable (as well as musical) Roman music.

David Marshall

BIOGRAPHY

Praecones Provinciae Britanniae
David Marshall, Valerie Marshall, Lee Gillett, Susanna Shadrake

MUSIC
Composed by David Marshall
Lyra accompaniments for the original Greek song fragments (track 9) were written and played by Susanna Shadrake

RECORDING – Paul Fitzgerald
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER – John Mercer

GRAPHIC DESIGN – Dan Shadrake
FRONT COVER PHOTO – John Eagle

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON EARLY INSTRUMENTS please visit: www.ancestral.co.uk

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ROMAN MUSIC COMPOSED BY DAVID MARSHALL PLAYED ON HISTORICAL INSTRUMENTS BY PRAECONES PROVINCIAE BRITANNIAE.