Music Guild

Music Guild at Maidens 1The Würm Wald Music Guild is a group for local instrumentalists and vocalists interested in performing period music in an SCA setting.


We have not been meeting lately, but if you are interested in getting involved, please speak up!


Our members range in experience from music majors, minors, and degree holders to teenagers learning in school groups, to adult amateurs with no formal training -- if you can carry a tune and/or are basically proficient on your instrument, please join us! We work with any period instrument or direct descendant of a period instrument.


Rather than focus on a specific area or style of early music, we tend to explore quite a bit, in time, place, and mood. Performed selections have had origins in Tudor England, Medieval France, Germany, and Italy, and Moorish-influenced Medieval Spain.



Music Guild at Maidens 2


  • Kenneth -- Baritone
  • Amanda -- Cello, Alto/Tenor


Our instrumentation currently involves violin, recorder, 'cello, oud, mandolin, percussion, and the occasional reed instrument. In order to more effectively perform some of the material we especially like, it would be great to have more bowed strings and period reeds. Also, finding appropriate (and affordable!) drums for Western European loud-band selections is a challenge we are facing.


Our current vocalists consist of mostly sopranos, altos, and tenors. Anyone who can carry a tune is welcome to sing with us, though we would like to especially encourage those who can sing the lower parts!


Videos of Performances


  • Vocal performances at the Midlands regional A&S faire, Spring 2011 (from Orry Guerrin's collection, embedded above)
  • Newcomers' Moot 2009 (wurmwald YouTube channel)
  • Festival of Maidens 2009 (Sofya's collection on Viddler -- this will eventually be moved to YouTube with the rest) 


Music (Lyrics & Sheet-like things)



  • Gaudete (just lyrics, no music notation) 



  • History, song types, orchestration, etc. (Wikipedia)
  • Manchester Klezmer MIDI files & sheet music (Scroll down to the "Tried and Trusted Oldies" section at the bottom...the midis sound a bit cheesy on piano but will give you the gist of the tune. I'm looking specifically at Araber Tanz, Yiddische Freylechs, and Russian Sher Traditional [higher on the page, under December 2002] as possible options for Music Guild but I'm not sure which key we should use for sheet music. The choices are C, B flat, or C for cello...????)




Piae Cantiones



Photos on this page taken at Maidens 2009 by Brian W. Kieft.