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Performance Video: The Clergy’s Lamentation/Spagnoletta (att. O’Carolan/att. M. Praetorius, arr. Shelhart)

I think of these tunes as “The Attributed Set.” Very little is known about The Clergy’s Lamentation, which is popularly attributed to Turlough O’Carolan. Spagnoletta is likewise attributed to Michael Praetorius, publisher of the dance tune collection Terpsichore (1601), and composer of the Christmas carol Es ist ein Ros’ (Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming). All origins and arguments aside, they make a great set.

Recorded in April 2021 at St. John’s United Church, Chesterton IN, for the 2021 Gebhard Woods Dulcimer and Traditional Music Festival.

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