Madrigirls // Leaves of Life
Leaves of Life, latest album from Glasgow Madrigirls. Image from William Lawson : A New Orchard and Garden London : 1648. University of Glasgow Sp Coll Ferguson Ah-a.2
Leaves of life, the latest album by The Glasgow University Madrigirls.
Our new album includes loads of Madrigirls favourites, recorded over the past 2 years. Ideal Gift.
Cover image originally entitled ‘The perfect form of a fruit tree’ is from The University of Glasgow’s extensive Special Collections.
It can be found in a beautifully illustrated collection of early print bound together to form a book entitled A New Orchard and Garden and The Country Housewife’s Garden. These were the only published works by William Lawson. They were first printed together in 1618* and proved popular enough to warrant further reprints in quick succession.
Gardening had become a national passion in the Sixteenth Century. Then, as now, it was a recreation that brought peace and contentment, and a welcome escape from the trials of a turbulent age. An increase in travel abroad and geographical discovery brought back new plants and ideas. There was a subsequent demand for new knowledge and exchange of information, spurring the production of horticultural manuals such as this.
The work deals with all aspects of orchard management, covering: the kind of soil required the best kind of site and how to protect it from animals, birds, thieves, disease and the weather; how to plant, space and prune your trees; the different types of fruit trees and bushes and their qualities; and how to gather, store and preserve the fruits of your labours. As Lawson sums up, ‘skill and pains, bring fruitful gains’.
Keyhole Collection is closely linked to the Glasgow University Special Collections and has produced this album cover to celebrate the amazing early print held in their archives and The Madrigirls love of early music with a modern twist.