Ansteorra Musicians

Who we are and what we do

Ansteorra has an active collection of instrumental musicians and music ensembles.  Though instrumental and vocal solo performance is also part of Bardic performance, the Ansteorra Musician’s studies group fosters all aspects of period music.  For more information contact the Music Deputy.

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Ansteorra Based Music Groups

Facebook groups are often unofficial groups for organizing activities.  Ansteorra is not responsible for their content.  

Ansteorra Choir – Choir of Ansteorra.

Ansteorra Musician’s Collective – Group for organizing pick up performance at courts and events in Ansteorra.

Bryn Gwald Early Music Guild – Instrumental and vocal group performances of the Bryn Gwald, Hellsgate community.

St Romanos Chorale – Chorale of the Elfsea and Steppes areas.

Musica Stella Mara – Music Ensemble of greater Stargate, Loch Soilleir.   This is also the home of Ansteorra Middle Eastern Music. For Middle Eastern Music, see  Middle Eastern Studies.

Period Source Material and Academic Groups

Petrucci Music Library – IMSPL –  A large library of public domain music.  Includes works in and out of period but a great resource for instrumental and vocal music in period.  Often includes scans of the original works in the original notation.  Includes MIDI and MP3 files for many of the pieces for those that do

The Cantigas de Santa Maria – Scans and chant notation translations of The Cantigas de Santa Maria attributed to Alfonso X from the 13th Century in Iberia.  The emphasis is on singing but there are several suggestions on performance styles and lists of various academic works on the pieces.  Music can also be found at

Istanpitta  (Sheet music and CDs from Master Avatar  from Ansteorra.  His book Early Period & Popular Dance Music is what we use for most of the ensemble dance music.  Medieval Songs and Dances 1 & 2 are used for court music on many occasions.

Choral Music Public Library – Open source choral music.  Includes both period and post period resources.

Red Book of Montserrat – Sheet music for the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat a surviving work from 12th Century Spain.

Musica Subterranea – Link to their CDs of SCA dance music. See also iTunes and Amazon music.

Gaita – Their CDs and modern transcriptions of period music.

Transcribing and Reading White Mensural Notation  – Reading mid 16th century music notation.

For additional information on dance music see European Dance. This includes additional music sources as well as CDs and videos of performances.  

Additional SCA Resources

The SCA Minstrel – List of many period music resources in and out of the SCA.

List of Dance Music Arrangers – This is the list of websites of SCA dance arrangers.  The physical addresses are out of date.

For additional information on dance music see European Dance. This includes additional music sources as well as CDs and videos of performances.  

Helpful Music Software

Here is a list of sheet music composition and MIDI format tune players for those that do not read music.  Most composition software will play MIDI, Wave and Music XML files.

Finale Music Notepad – Finale music software provides this free software for creating your own music compositions or for viewing other works created in software format.

Notion for IOS – Helpful music composition software for the iPad.  Not a free software program but one of the few for tablet.

Musescore – Another free music composition program.  Includes a forum of free compositions from other musicians and bards.

Noteworthy – Music notation for older Windows and MAC computers that is feature rich and inexpensive.

Noteflight – Cloud based notation software.  Has a pay and free service with various options and can be accessed from all tablets and PCs.

ScoreCloud – Another free score software program.  Also has a pay service with additional features.

Gregorio – Free software to make your own Gregorian chants and early

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