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Enjoying the Ride with Countertenor John Holiday

By David Shengold
The countertenor’s commitment to early music remains solid, even as the larger entertainment world has discovered his unique talents. You sense that Holiday’s intense desire to communicate informs his cabaret act as much as his Baroque opera.

How Did Early Music Get So ‘Crispy’?

By Addi Liu
Like playing bingo, you can find “crisp” in countless early-music reviews, although such a term isn’t found in the historical record. Are musicians looking for uniformly “crisp” playing while neglecting other sonic possibilities? What’s going on here?

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Rhinestones & Nashville Twang

By John Pitcher
The versatility of Nashville’s historically informed musicians has made them flexible, even delightfully heretical, in their approach to performing early music. It’s a scene that has been ebbing, flowing, and growing for nearly 20 years.

Girl Just Wanna Have Fun

By Aaron Keebaugh
With pop-star flair, violinist Aisslinn Nosky has shown vitality across her career. For her latest high-profile project, a complete Mozart violin concerto cycle, she traveled through rarely performed Haydn—an unusual journey for most violinists, but in perfect keeping with the H&H approach.

William Christie on the American Scene

By Thomas May
The grand seigneur of the French Baroque revival, now 77, has been based in France since the 1970s, but his ongoing influence as a leading figure in early music would not have become so widespread without key relationships with American institutions.

Exploring Music Across the Colonial Americas

By Sophie Genevieve Lowe
To shed light on the fascinating characters who populated the early Americas’ broad musical landscapes, EMA’s Emerging Professional Leadership Council is pleased to announce the launch of a new digital-essay series, Early Music: the Americas.

Art of the Amateur: A Computer Programmer Uploads a Lifetime of Renaissance Music

By Ashley Mulcahy
If you’ve ever sung or played a madrigal from an edition on IMSLP, you’ve probably engaged with the work of Allen Garvin, whose International Music Score Library Project corpus surpassed two thousand uploads last year. 

Canto: Imagine East and West in Song

By Wanda Yang Temko
Allowing ourselves to explore different aural palettes enriches us. When we learn about and understand different cultures with open hearts and minds, we begin to appreciate one another.


Included in the Full Issue

  • William Christie on the American Scene by Thomas May
  • Raising the Bar: Handel & Haydn in Transition by Aaron Keebaugh
  • Exploring Music Across the Colonial Americas by Sophie Genevieve Lowe
  • Ancient China and the T’ang Imperial Orchestras by Bo Lawergren
  • From the Editor: Music That Connects Us
  • From the Executive Director: More Than A Magazine
  • EMA Courant – News from Around the Early Music Community
  • CD & Book Reviews
  • EMAg Puzzle by Joshua Kosman
  • Musings: The Good Old Days are Back by Thomas Forrest Kelly

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