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Courante

(Michael Praetorius)

Michael Praetorius (1571 - 1621) was a German composer from the early Baroque era. His book Syntagma Musicum provides a nice description of the musical theory of those days and the used musical instruments. Beside writing this book, he collected and composed a large variety of Protestant church music.

This Courante originates from a collection of dance music called Terpsichore, named afer one of the Muses from the Greek Mythology. Detlef Hasselmeyer made this arrangement for four guitars.

I recognized the melody, the Courante is the same as the setting of the Dutch Christmas Carol O Herders laat uw Boksken en Schapen (Oh Sheperds, leave your Goats and Sheep) made by the Dutch artist Herman van Veen years ago.