Breve Regnum anon. — the oldest known song of Krakow students from XV ct., which was sung during the election of their “King” and his court (15 – 22 of October). It is about the life of students and how seven days they having parties, skip lectures and then, later their “King” will be the one to blame for all of students deeds and will be punished. Such custom is also known in Germany, France, the Czech Republic, as a continuation of the Roman Saturnalia. Manuscript was first mentioned in 1973, and the original is kept in the National Library of Warsaw.
Kings & Beggars ensemble was found in march, 2008 in Lviv by Anna Vasylchenko. The ensembles line-up has changed several times since then but now it’s stable and active and musicians are devoted to the same idea. Ensemble plays European early and folk music, which was enjoyed by the noble people at the royal court and the simple people in the cities and villages — this where the name “Kings & Beggars” came out.
Ensemble repertoire is quite rich: from XIII century songs, ballads and dance melodies of XVI century to folk music from different European countries (Ukrainian, Irish, etc). Repertoire includes works from such known codex’s as Cantigas de Santa Maria (Spain, XIII cent.), Cantus Buranus (Germany, XIII cent.), Llibre Vermel de Montserrat (Spain, XIV cent.) etc. It’s also includes a lot of English, French and Italian dances from XIII, XIV and XVI centuries.Kings & Beggars is working with musicians from Ukraine and abroad, also with historical dance collectives and reenactors clubs.
Anna Vasylchenko – violin, medieval fiddle, recorders, crumhorn, shawm, galician gaita, hurdy-gurdy, vocals.
Evgenij Grinevich – recorders, pommer, whistles, vocals.
Maxim Kerner – bouzouki, mandolin. Sound Engineer.
Artur Temchenko – percussion.
Kings & Beggars