Performing Middle English Romance

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Professor Ad Putter of Bristol University has headed a major research study with the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council in Great Britain and from BIRTHA at Bristol University into the performance of Middle English romances in medieval times. His research has led Ad Putter to produce this recording in which he performs excerpts from some of the better known romances, some of which refer to being sung by the minstrel. Putter's research as well as the research of the Zaerr sisters both focus on performance by singing and accompaniment by medieval instruments, and Rosamund Allen demonstrates features of dramatic readings aloud by good dramatic readers in medieval times and now. All of these performances or lectures were related to the Medieval Romance in Britain Conference being held at the University of Bristol on 11 through 13 April 2014, though the performances with singing and accompaniment occurred the morning before the conference began and can be found on Disc One. Disc two was recorded during the Conference itself during 12 April's afternoon session. Texts and Modern English translations of the romances sung to medieval music in Middle English are included in the large booklet included with the CDs only.
Recorded at The Music Room at Clifton Hill House, University of Bristol and in the conference room at the same location. 11 and 12 April 2014

Readers: Singers: Ad Putter and Linda Marie Zaerr Accompanists: Linda Marie Zaerr accompanies herself on vielle, Laura Zaerr plays the gothic harp, and Frances Eustace accompanies Ad Putter on an alto rebec and a medieval harp.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationProvo, Utah
PublisherChaucer Studio
Media of outputCD
Size2 CDs
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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