Exiled: Music by Philips and Dering

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Rose Consort of Viols, Choir of King's College, Aberdeen and 
David J. Smith (director and harpsichord)

Genre: Classical
Catalogue: VXR0004

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Internationally acclaimed ensemble, The Rose Consort of Viols, joins the Choir of King’s College, Aberdeen and its director, David J. Smith (harpsichord) in a recording of music by two exiled Catholic English composers, Peter Philips (1560/61–1628) and Richard Dering (c.1580–1630). The CD brings to life two editions by Professor David J. Smith of their music published in the scholarly series, Musica Britannica.

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The CD contains music by two exiled Catholic English composers, Peter Philips (1560/61–1628) and Richard Dering (c.1580–1630). The recording brings to life two editions by Professor David J. Smith of their music published in the scholarly series, Musica Britannica. It is performed by the internationally acclaimed Rose Consort of Viols, who join forces with the Choir of King’s College, Aberdeen and David J. Smith (director and harpsichord).

The recording includes consort and keyboard versions of the Paget Pavan and Galliard dedicated to ‘Paget’, probably the notorious double agent, Charles Paget, for whomPhilips undertook a spying mission in 1593 resulting in his imprisonment at The Hague.

Another piece by Philips, the 1580 Pavan, was a ‘hit’ of its day. It was widely arranged in a manner not dissimilar to that in which popular artists sing covers of existing songs today, but the original is no longer extant, so David has reconstructed it using the earliest surviving arrangements.

Sometimes not all the parts of works survive, so David also composed the melodies and bass lines for a number of dances by Dering for which only the inner parts survive.

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