The Black Dragon
Music from the Time of Vlad Dracula (ca. 1431–76)

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 3:00 pm
St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church
4440 N. Campbell Ave. (at River Road)


Beheim – Von ainem wutrich der hies Trakle waida von der Walachei
(Story of a Bloodthirsty Madman Called Dracula of Wallachia)
Paumann – Mit ganzem Willen
Von Wolkenstein – Wol auf wir wellen slafen
Hungarian/Transylvanian Folk Song – Aźt gondoltam, esö esik
Trad. Romanian Dance – Bucarā – te, soacrā mare
13th-C. Hungarian Marian Lament – Volek sirolmtudotlon
Trad. Transylvanian – Dragaicuta
Late Medieval Moldavian Lament – Estéli imádság
Trad. Bulgarian Dance – Ugrčinska Ruchenitsa
Dufay – Lamentio Sanctae matris Ecclesiae Constantinopolitanae
15th-C. French Dance – La danse du cleves
15th-C. Italian Dance – Amoroso
Koukouzelis – Voulgarikon
Medieval Russian Pilgrim Song – Už vy golubi
Byzantine Sticheron Chant for Vespers – Kyrie echechraxa
Ottoman Turkish – Taksim
Beheim – Von ainem wutrich der hies Trakle waida von der Walachei

The medieval ensemble Cançonièr has been performing this program to capacity audiences, as well as releasing it as their second CD. Centered on the infamous rule of Vlad the Impaler in what is now Southern Romania, it brings in Balkan folk-songs, Turkish music, music of the Byzantine court and church, Italian and French dances, German songs, and the Lamentation for the Fall of Constantinople by Guillaume Du Fay. Cançonièr's earlier CD was a fresh but historically informed look at Western European medieval music, and its members are also well regarded in World Music circles.

"The central block of Hungarian/Transylvanian/Moldavian/Bulgarian music is absolutely gorgeous...
as a speculation on the possible sound world of someone in Vlad's time, it's a delight."
Early Music America