i put this on the lute list but i hope to pique your interest as well...
i wonder if you would be so kind as to imagine a renaissance painting (one of the bruegels, for example) in which there are a group of peasants cavorting at a country inn or frolicking at a festival of some sort.
putting aside the fact they're probably enjoying a final grope and bit of grog prior to being garroted to death by a squad of occupying spanish soldiers, i wonder if you would speculate on what sort of music they would be listening to.
would rustic, itinerant musicians congruous to this scene:
- have had access in some form or other to more formal music?
- have borrowed melodies from church music to play in secular settings?
- have played melodies (not arrangements) wholly different or very similar to their more educated colleagues in towne?
- have played similar versions of jigs, jumps, gaillardes, pavans and tarantellas in the 13th, 14th and 15th century that only became documented in succeeding centuries?
i doubt there exists some documentation along the lines of "..i stopped by the 'dog and duck' the other evening and a bunch of rude rustics were playing the following songs..." but if you were to select music for a pan-european, HIP, country music program, what would you choose and what source(s) would you choose it from? would anything "anonym." from the 13th to 19th cent. be considered feasible for such a program?
i appreciate that this might call for more "Historically Informed Speculation" than you would normally care to dally in, but thank you for any consideration you may give it - bill