London at the turn of the 17th Century saw an explosion of popular music of all kinds: jigs, catches,
dialogues, and, most of all, ballads. These have come down to us in the form of crudely-printed
broadside sheets that were collected by pioneer folklorists, beginning in the 18th Century. Ballads
could be on any topic—historical (King Lear), love, tragedy, cautionary (Dr. Faustus). In A Midsummer
Night’s Dream, Bottom proposes that Peter Quince write a ballad of his adventures with Titania called
“Bottom’s Dream.” This musical treasure-trove was well-known to playwrights and their audiences,
from the groundlings to grandees. Shakespeare cleverly used snatches of this vernacular music in
many plays to build bonds of understanding with his audiences. We will present a sampling of this vast
repertoire with Ryland Angel, voice; Shira Kammen, fiddle; Mark Rimple, cittern and voice; and Mary
Springfels, viola da gamba.
Saturday, April 28, 2018; 7.30 pm
San Miguel Chapel, 401 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe
Tickets: $20; students with ID free.
For more information: Ken Perlow, 708.989.1729, email@example.com.