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Courante​/​Bien qu'un cruel martire

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by anon/Pierre Guédron (1563-1621)

We preface Guédron’s lively air, Bien qu’un cruel martire, with an anonymous yet thematically similar Courante from the English lute manuscript owned and partially copied by Lord Herbert of Cherbury. It is difficult to know whether the courante or the air came first since it was common practice to create an instrumental dance tune from popular airs and vice versa.




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