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Courante Praetorius



 Genre: Renaissance

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Arranged for flute, percussion and sackbuts (pictured), ancestors to the modern trombone.

Preatorius was born ( 1571-1621) Michael Schultze, the youngest son of a Lutheran pastor, in Creuzburg, Germany. After attending school in Torgau and Zerbst, he studied divinity at the University of Frankfurt (Oder). He served as organist at the Marienkirche in Frankfurt before working at the court in Wolfenbüttel as organist and (from 1604) as Kapellmeister.
From 1613 to 1616 he worked at the Saxon court at Dresden, where he was exposed to the latest Italian music, including the polychoral works of the Venetian School. His subsequent development of the form of the chorale concerto,
particularly the polychoral variety, resulted directly from his familiarity with the music of such Venetians as Giovanni Gabrieli. Michael Praetorius is entombed in a vault beneath the organ of St Mary's Church in Wolfenbüttel, Germany.

Praetorius was a tremendously prolific composer, his works showing the influence of contemporaries Samuel Scheidt
and Heinrich Schütz as well as the Italians. His works include the nine volume Musae sioniae (1605-10), a collection of over a thousand chorale and song arrangements; many other works for the Lutheran church; and Terpsichore (1612), a
compendium of over 300 instrumental dances, which is both his most widely-known work, as well as his sole surviving secular work. His three volume treatise Syntagma Musicum I and Syntagma Musicum de Organographia II (1614-20) are
detailed texts on contemporary musical practices and musical instruments, and are important documents in musicology, organology and the field of authentic performance.
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regulus said 3975 days ago (November 25th, 2008)
documentation as well as the splendid recitation of such a classic artistic work. Great audio production with feel of actual bellowed organ, (for lack of remembering the correct name).

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Mystified said 3975 days ago (November 25th, 2008)
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Listening to your music here is such a pleasure!
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thetiler said 3975 days ago (November 25th, 2008)
You provide in my opinion some of the best music at MJ! I enjoy how you go back in time. Your like a time machine and there is no telling were you stop off of. That is what is so precious about what you do ! Amongst other music creativity's.
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thetiler said 3975 days ago (November 25th, 2008)
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Feter said 3975 days ago (November 25th, 2008)
Courante Praetorius
this is wonderful wonderfull arrangment Sir ..the
amazing gatehr of the two families of the fl;ute and
old trombones ..just impressed me how you chimed them
with great percussions what an act ...a true master
touch ...thnx alot for sharin this great music !!!!
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swashmebuckle said 3975 days ago (November 26th, 2008)
This rocks
my socks. If I had been alive in the 17th century I would have tried to get into a band like the one pictured here. Sackbuts FTW.
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Henke said 3975 days ago (November 26th, 2008)
This surely awakens memories!
Not that I am several hundred years old, but as a kid I played the recorder and later the sackbuts(? - "basun" in Swedish, which consequently is not the same as a bassoon) in a quite successful renaissance ensamble. We went to Norway and played in the Nidaros cathedral and to (West) Berlin for example.

So this piece reminds me of that time and the music we played (and danced to, if not me ;-) I am not familiar with Praetorius, but I feel this is really well done. Thank you for sharing!

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Moviz said 3975 days ago (November 26th, 2008)
Thank you
for the interesting info about this music... quite educational. The way you manage to put this music together is wonderful and brings a real pleasure to the listener. I just love the atmosphere; especially when the jingling bells/ tambourines come in... I can just see the dancers at court. Regards M
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kristyjo said 3972 days ago (November 28th, 2008)
My weekly music appreciation treat is back! This is wonderfully regal and joyous at the same time. Your use of the sleigh bells at this time of year give it a Christmas-y sort of feeling. Of course, the production is first rate, and the art and descriptions delight, as always!
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dirigent said 3854 days ago (March 27th, 2009)
An amazing and fresh interpretation of Praetorius' lovely piece.
Inspired and inspiring.
Kudos to you, a terrific interpretation and production!!
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VicDiesel said 3523 days ago (February 21st, 2010)
Hey, I played that!
Still do, occasionally. It's a great festive tune (I believe it is known as "The King's Entrance" pavane.)

I like your arrangement, especially the bells. The phrases follow each other a bit fast, though. Do those recorder players ever breathe?
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Little_Hooligan said 3181 days ago (January 29th, 2011)
Like Those Bells Too
Thank you for sharing this illuminating piece.. Very well put together
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