The Musicians In Ordinary take their name from the name of the title given at court to the singers and lutenists who performed in the most intimate chambers of England's Stuart monarchs.
Like us, the Elizabethans and Jacobeans had contradictory feelings about sleep. They, as we, want it to come more quickly and more often but are suspicious of this state where what we now call our 'subconcious' is given free rein.
We present a programme of songs that takes a close look at Sleep, and his relationships with his brother Death and his cousin Love; from peaceful slumberers to cavorting lovers and all those melancholy men who toss and turn in their beds to a queen under death sentence
Hallie Fishel - soprano
John Edwards - lute
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1. Prelude - Anon.
2. Come heavy sleep - John Dowland
3. Beauty sat bathing - Robert Jones
4. O Death rock me asleep - Anon.
5. Come cheerful day - Thomas Campion
6. Mr. Dowlands Midnight - Dowland
7. Orlando sleepeth - Dowland
8. Sleep, wayward thoughts - Dowland
9. On a time the amorous Silvy - John Attey
10. Goodnight - Clement Cotton
11. Beauty sat bathing - William Corkine
12. Weep you no more sad fountains - Dowland
13. Nunc Dimittis - Richard Allison
14. It fell on a summer's day - Campion
15. The cypress curtain of the night - Campion
16. Go to bed sweet muse - Jones
17. Now to bed - Anon.
18. Sleep angry beauty - Campion
19. Thinkst thou then by thy feigning sleep - Dowland
20. A Dream - Dowland
21. Bara Fausta's Fream - Anon.
22. Rest sweet Nymphs - Francis Pilkington