Pavane from the 16th Century – Anonymous
The Angelus – Henriette Renie (1875-1956)
Common in Europe during the 16th century, the pavane is a slow processional dance for couples. The earliest known published pavane is from Venice in 1508, printed by Ottaviano Petrucci (1466-1539). The word “pavane” is probably derived from Italian and related to the name of the city of Padua; it could also be related to the Spanish term for “peacock.” The broad, sweeping rhythms of the pavane certainly calls courtly life to mind. The pavane appeared in dance manuals throughout the 16th century in England, France, Italy, and Spain.
French harpist and composer Henriette Renie (1875-1956) was a musical prodigy from a young age. She won numerous music awards as a youth and became a gifted harp instructor, contributing to the successes of her many students. In a time when fame for women was considered unfashionable, she developed a method for harp study and technique that is still in use today. A devout Roman Catholic, “The Angelus” is from her three-piece collection “Feuillets d’Album” and is obviously named for the traditional Roman Catholic prayer.
“My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose” is a traditional Scottish song from 1795 written by the poet Robert Burns (1759-1796). Burns, a poet and lyricist, had a hand in helping preserve over 300 native Scottish songs, the most well-known being “Auld Lang Syne.” Harpist Sunita Staneslow is a native of Minnesota but has since 2000 made her home in Israel. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, Staneslow has a passion for classical, Jewish, and Celtic music, as evidenced by her numerous published arrangements and recordings. She works as a therapeutic harpist at a children’s hospital in Israel and frequently teaches and performs at harp festivals worldwide.
Pavane (16th cent.) and The Angelus, public domain.
My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose by gracious permission of the arranger.