An improvisation, containing the melodies from many trobador songs and other medieval tunes, all of which date from between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries. The melodies come from Occitania, France, Spain, Germany and England, and they are linked together with improvised sections.
The main instrument heard is a gittern, which is a form of small, early medieval lute, with four double strung courses. The instrument is carved out of a solid block of timber and is strung in gut. It is tuned ADAD
This is a very different type of instrument to the later, much larger lute used in Renaissance music.
There is also a square medieval frame drum - called a pandiero or an adufe - which has small jingles inside it, and a drone is provided by a sinfony - a medieval form of the hurdy-gurdy.
Recorded in Pembrokeshire, West Wales, the gittern improvisation was played on August 19th 2014, and the pandeiro and sinfony added a couple of days afterwards.
Remastered Binaural Mix - March 27th 2017
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