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ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE - Measured Obsession

In this CD are some of the most beautiful tunes that Fried de Metz Herman, choreographer extraordinaire, utilized for a number of her best loved dances. As a musician herself, she has a keen ear for a fine tune, and she has engaged some of her favorite musicians to present this music. Playing a variety of instruments, these three musicians created their own arrangements of these lovely tunes and produced a recording for both dancers and listeners.

A book with instructions for the dances is also available.

Measured
Obsession
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Music for Dances of Fried de Metz Herman (2000)
  • Songs of the Harpist •
  • Rose of Sharon •
  • Ten Commandments •
  • Hale- Bopp Circle •
  • Laurelhurst •
  • Fleur de Lis •
  • The Mavis Sweetly Sings •
  • Fifty/Fifty •
  • Measured Obsession •
  • Seven Stars in the Sky •
  • Mylecharane •
  • Impertinence •
  • Severn Bore •
  • Peace Be With You

ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE MUSIC - Gary Roodman’s Series

Gary Roodman, prolific choreographer of excellent English country dances, has spearheaded this excellent series of recordings of the music for many of his best dances. On the first two albums he used two trios whom he worked with a lot in the past: MGM (Mary Lea, Gene Murrow, Margaret Ann Martin ) and Reunion (Daniel Beerbohm, Barbara Greenberg, Jonathan Jensen)--musicians with an extensive background playing for English country dance music. For his third and fifth albums he elected to utilize musicians from the Connecticut River Valley where he now lives. On all these recordings there is music for both listening and dancing, beautiful tunes, varied instrumentation and arrangements, as well as stellar musicianship.
(NOTE: The Fourth Selection of Gary's Dances is #15 of the Boston CDS series)

Booklets for each CD with instructions for the dances are available for teachers of English Country dancing.

Old Friends
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Music for a Selection of Dances from Gary Roodman's Calculated Figures (2001)
  • Laisteridge Lane •
  • Trip to the Manors •
  • The Homecoming •
  • Old Friends •
  • True Kit •
  • Fine Lady of Homewood •
  • Marching to Praetorius •
  • Cadgers' Other Caper •
  • Benjamin's Birth Day •
  • The Wrights of Lichfield •
  • A Retiring Fellow •
  • Sarah •
  • Twenty Something •
  • Good Man of Cambridge •
  • A New Beginning •
  • Audrey and Andrea •
  • Winter Dreams

Played by MGM and Reunion

Musicians: MGM:

Mary Lea
violin / viola
Margaret Ann Martin
piano / chimes
Gene Murrow
concertina / recorders / krummhorn / tambourine / chimes

Reunion:

Daniel Beerbohm
flute / clarinet / whistle
Barbara Greenberg
volin
Jonathan Jensen
piano / recorders / andolin / krummhorn / ocarina / whistle
New Friends
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Music for a Second Selection of Dances from Gary Roodman's Calculated Figures (2004)
  • Horseplay •
  • Birthday Greetings •
  • Dovetail •
  • Emma Turns Three •
  • Peter and Peggy •
  • Kneeland Romp •
  • Turning by Threes •
  • Henry's Hornpipe •
  • Accord for Pinewoods •
  • Mary K •
  • The Designing Woman •
  • Terpsicourante •
  • The Dancing Wife •
  • Stockport Assembly •
  • New Friends •
  • A Double Duet

Played by MGM and Reunion

Musicians: MGM:

Mary Lea
violin / viola
Margaret Ann Martin
piano / tambourine / chimes
Gene Murrow
concertina / recorders / tambourine / krummhorns

Reunion:

Daniel Beerbohm
flute / clarinet / whistle
Barbara Greenberg
volin / viola
Jonathan Jensen
piano / recorders/ krummhorn / mandolin / ocarina
Band of Friends
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Music for a Third Selection of Dances from Gary Roodman's Calculated Figures (2007)
  • Honeysuckle Cottage •
  • Whiskey Before Dinner •
  • Band of Friends •
  • Whately Barn •
  • Birthday Branle •
  • Say I Do •
  • Mr. Adson's Masque •
  • After Dinner Maggot •
  • Dear Abby •
  • Hand in Hand •
  • Charlene's Celebration •
  • Alexander's Birth Day •
  • Vivaldi in Paradise •
  • Playing (in) the Field •
  • Square Line Special •
  • Far Away

Musicians:

Karen Axelrod
piano / accordion
Peter Barnes
flute / whistles / piano / guitar
Doug Creighton
flute / melodeon
lydia ievins
violin
Van Kaynor
violin
Mary Lea
violin / viola
Margaret Ann Martin
piano
Erica Morse
viola de gamba / bass / voice
Naomi Morse
violin / voice
Gene Murrow
recorder / concertina / percussion
Jessica Murrow
oboe / English horn
Anna Patton
clarinet
Fast Friends
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This fourth collection was released as #15 of the Boston CDS series
  • Peace and Plenty •
  • Joy(ce) of the Town •
  • Apollo's Hunt •
  • Helene's Gavotte •
  • Fast Friends •
  • The Belle of Amherst •
  • Ramblin' Rosie •
  • Stride Stately •
  • Trip to Greene •
  • Midwinter Maggot •
  • Mr. Chopin's Waltz •
  • Christine •
  • A Celt's New Dance •
  • Hideaway • A Solstice Snow

Music by Bare Necessities

Good Friends
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Music for a Fifth Selection of Dances from Gary Roodman's Calculated Figures (2013)
  • Good Man of Antwerp •
  • New Hampshire Nocturne •
  • Nina's Smile •
  • Forget Me Not •
  • Birthday Jubilee •
  • Mevagissey Car Park •
  • A Mover and Shaker •
  • Trip to Chippenham •
  • The Invitation •
  • A Quick Romp in the Hey •
  • Leaps and Bounds •
  • Silver Lining •
  • Fostering Traditions •
  • Autumn Moon •
  • Anna Turns Five •
  • Ani's Waltz

Musicians: Cilantrio

Karen Axelrod
piano / accordion
Peter Barnes
flute / whistles / piano / guitar
Mary Lea
violin / viola

with guests:

Aldo Fabrizi
mandolins
Jessica Murrow
oboe
Anna Patton
clarinet