Un Pellegrin Uccel

by Ruth Bruckner & Fred Thomas

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Un Pellegrin Uccel - composed by Paolo da Firenze

Ruth Bruckner - recorder
Fred Thomas - tenor banjo

Recorded and mixed by Fred Thomas, London 2019
Produced by Ruth Bruckner & Fred Thomas
Mastered by Alex Killpartrick
Design by Ruth Bruckner, after Giotto


Un pellegrin uccel gentil e bello
Seguie uno sparvier di pugn’ uscito
A una donna richiamando quello.

La bella donna che non sie rapito
Da si rapace uccel qual era quello
Che seguie lo sparvier da llei partito.

Força d’amor che in quel uccel s’accolse.
Lo sparvier che tornava indietro volse.

Multi-instrumentalists Ruth Bruckner and Fred Thomas met in Tuscany in 2019, immediately connecting through their love of medieval music and in particular the viella. Performing on combinations of strings, recorders, prepared piano, tenor banjo and voice, their duo is dedicated to recording experiments, the Chantilly Codex, Bach, song-writing, extended techniques and free improv. Their first release is an exquisite madrigal composed by the medieval composer and theorist Paolo da Firenze.

Special thanks to Jill Feldman and Kees Boeke.


released February 4, 2020


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A boundary-blurring composer and improviser” – Gramophone Magazine



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