The Courtly Suite (Eijkhout, Victor)
Papalin (recorder ensemble)
Scores and Parts
1. Fredo's Chanson
2. Autumn's Allemande
3. The Queen's Minuet
4. Guarding the Cannon
5. The Royal Twins
6. The Visitor from Afar
These file(s) are part of the Werner Icking Music Collection, and are also included in the Mondrup Recorder Collection. The alto recorder part can be played on a pentatonic instrument in C/Am of choice.
7. The Cook's Estampie
8. Lola sings lala
9. The Last Pavane
10. Piper on the Ramparts at Dawn
Arrangements and Transcriptions
The Royal Twins (No.5)
For 5 Recorders (Composer)
|Work Title||The Courtly Suite|
|Instrumentation||Alto recorder, continuo (no.1); Soprano recorder, continuo (no.2); alto recorder, continuo (no.3); alto and tenor recorders, continuo (no.4); 2 sopranino recorders, continuo (no.5); ABB recorders, lute (no.6); Alto recorder and optional continuo (no.7); Soprano and tenor recorder, optional continuo, optional soprano voice (no.8); Recorder (C), continuo (no.9); Alto recorder and optional continuo (no.10)|
This suite comprises the following pieces that can be played separately:
- Fredo's chanson
- Fredo is a young man of the court. However, no tournaments and battles for him: he hangs out with the musicians and dreams of playing with them, traveling from town to town.
- Autumn's Allemande
- Autumn is the daughter of a lady-in-waiting. She is too young to be let into the great hall when the grown-ups are dancing, but when she hears the music, she hides behind a curtain and does her steps in silence. The Allemande is an old dance form. It is described as to be danced "in a grave and ceremonious manner." The performer of this piece is instructed not to pay attention to this.
- The Queen's Minuet
- The old queen is obliged to dance with all the dignitaries that visit her husband, and she likes dancing, but some of them are so clumsy! Then she thinks back to when she was a girl, and her father danced her around the room, carrying her on his shoes.
- Guarding the Cannon
- The guards at the gate can barely hear the festivities from the castle. But it's no hardship staying on their post: they tell each other stories, and sometimes a kitchen wench comes to bring them food and ale, and perhaps a quick smooch.
- The Royal Twins
- The royal twins, Isabela and Alejandra, are inseparable. "Shall we dance my dear?" "But of course; left two three, right two three", "Wait, is that my left or your right?"
- The Visitor from Afar
- Who is that ornately robed stranger? Does anyone know where he is from? He looks a bit strange, but he's a very elegant dancer, don't you think?
- The Cook's Estampie
- Antone the cook shakes his spice cans to the rhythm of the music that vaguely comes through the kitchen walls. Pepper, shake, shake; salt; shake, shake; rosemary; shake; thyme, shake; pepper, shake,..... Wait. Did I already do that one? Estampie is an old dance form, where variations are played twice, once with the so-called open ending, and once with the closed ending. Some pieces in estampie form are very artful, such as the famous Gaetta from the London manuscript. Others, however betray a clear origin in improvisation: the subsequent variations are far from independent, but rather build on each other. This estampie is modeled after the latter kind.
- Lola sings Lala
- Lola the maid runs in and out of the banquet hall serving dishes. She sings along with the music, but she doesn't really know the tune so she makes up her own notes. The musical director looks at her disapprovingly, but no one else seems to mind.
- The Last Pavane
- The Last Pavane of the evening goes round and round. It is tradition that, at the end of a variation, the couple closest to the door is politely escorted out. Of course it wouldn't do to have that happen to the king and queen, so the musicians know to sneak in an extra variation when needed.
- Piper on the Ramparts at Dawn
- The party is long over and everyone has gone to bed. Just a lonely piper is sitting on the ramparts, greeting the dawn with his playing.