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The Medieval Ensemble of London was a British vocal and instrumental ensemble specialized in the interpretation of medieval and Renaissance music, founded in the late 1970s by the brothers Peter Davies and Timothy Davies.
During the decade that lasted approximately their career, they recorded mainly secular works of the 15th century, especially the Franco-Flemish repertoire, of composers such as Josquin Desprez, Heinrich Isaac, Johannes Ockeghem and Guillaume Dufay. Of these two last ones they made integral recordings of all his profane work.
They also made occasional incursions into the music of the fourteenth century, with records dedicated to Guillaume de Machaut and Matteo da Perugia.
Like most formations of their time, they used instruments to complement the voices. However, a series of musicological studies published in the late 1970s and early 1980s led by the director of the Gothic Voices, Christopher Page, established the lack of evidence that the repertoire of secular songs before 1480 was interpreted with accompaniment instrumental. From these controversial ideas, many groups changed their interpretation style or disappeared as The Medieval Ensemble of London did in 1985.
The group was attended by some of the most important musicians during the 1970s and 1980s within the field of early music, such as Margaret Philpot, who had participated in Michael Morrow's group, Musica Reservata; Rogers Covey-Crump, from the Early Music Consort of London by David Munrow and the Hilliard Ensemble, among several others; Paul Hillier and Paul Elliott, also from the Hilliard Ensemble and many other interpreters from the most important formations of the time.Wide ThumbClearartFanartBanner User Comments