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The Beggars' Songbook: Music of the Dutch Revolt
Four hundred years ago, the Pilgrims sailed to New England. A lesser-known chapter of their journey is the decade they spent in the Netherlands during the Twelve Years' Truce, a time of peace and prosperity amid the otherwise turbulent Dutch Revolt against Spanish rule. In this virtual lecture-concert by early music ensemble Long & Away, we explore the music leading up to the Pilgrims' time in the garrison town of Leiden, as well as the religious and political climate that led to their eventual departure in 1620. Musical examples will include Dutch songs of rebellion, Spanish works, and traditional English tunes performed by Long & Away on viola da gamba, voice, recorder, and lute.

May 20, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Anne Legêne
Born in the Netherlands in a family of musicians, Anne Legêne performs chamber music regularly on cello and viola da gamba with her husband, pianist and harpsichordist Larry Wallach, with harpsichordist Mariken Palmboom, and with her sister, recorder virtuosa Eva Legêne. She is a member of the viol consorts Long & Away and the Arcadia Viols. Anne has played with numerous ensembles and soloists in the North East. She conducts the chamber orchestra and teaches cello at Bard College at Simon's Rock, and teaches cello and viola da gamba at her home studio in Great Barrington, MA. She is president of the Viola da Gamba Society of New England. Anne received a Graduate Performance Diploma in Early Music from the Longy School in Cambridge, MA, where she studied viola da gamba with Jane Hershey and baroque cello with Phoebe Carrai.
Karen Burciaga
Karen Burciaga enjoys bridging the worlds of classical and folk music. She holds a BM from Vanderbilt University and an MM in Early Music Performance from the Longy School of Music, where she studied Baroque violin with Dana Maiben, viol with Jane Hershey, and historical dance with Ken Pierce. She has performed with numerous period ensembles across New England and in Texas. Karen is a founding member of Renaissance ensemble Seven Times Salt and viol consort Long & Away and has taught on the faculty of the Texas TOOT, workshops by the Viola da Gamba Society - New England (VdGS-NE) and Pinewoods Dance Camp. A lifelong love of Irish music led Karen into the world of folk music during college, and she enjoys fiddling in Scottish, Irish, English, and contra styles. She teaches music privately and serves on the board of the VdGS-NE.