Viols to Virginia, Music in Colonial America

Viols to Virginia, Music in Colonial America

By
Loren Ludwig
The only known extant works for viola da gamba in British Colonial America are found in the James River Music Book, a manuscript that has resided in Virginia since the 1730s and contains 15 works for solo viola da gamba, among other musical items. The earliest layer of the JRMB holds music by Lully, Purcell, and Handel, nearly doubling the page count of surviving instrumental music from the period and contributing repertoire for viola da gamba, organ, harpsichord, violin, and voice to the music now known to have been played in colonial Virginia. This article was first published in the May 2020 issue of EMAg.
William Christie on the American Scene

William Christie on the American Scene

By
Thomas May
In February, William Christie came to New York as part of his annual residency with the Juilliard School’s Historical Performance program. He noticed a sea change in attitude on the American scene toward the study of historically informed practice.
Women Composers and the Risks of Authorship

Women Composers and the Risks of Authorship

By
Rebecca Cypess
Celebrating International Women's Day: The careers of Viennese composer Marianna Martines and Roman composer Maria Rosa Coccia mirrored one another in key respects. But the differences are fascinating, and revealing: While one was born into privilege and carefully cultivated her public image, the other seemed to suffer from fewer social connections and a more bold approach to her public persona.
Nurturing a Love for Early Music

Nurturing a Love for Early Music

By
Daniel Hathaway
Amherst Early Music and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute have long embraced musicians ranging from enthusiasts to professionals. These two programs, similar in many regards, serve a range of abilities and interests, and both of them got their start a half a century ago.
Rock & Reel: Monticello’s Black Fiddlers

Rock & Reel: Monticello’s Black Fiddlers

By
David McCormick
Sally Hemings' three sons with Thomas Jefferson, and many in her extended family, were accomplished musicians. The pieces they played are ripe for modern performances on historical instruments.
Chatting with a Keyboard Master: James Nicolson

Chatting with a Keyboard Master: James Nicolson

By
Leslie Kwan
James Nicolson, the 2013 recipient of EMA’s Howard Mayer Brown Award for lifetime achievement in the field of early music, was interviewed in March 2021 by Leslie Kwan.
Creative Endeavors

Creative Endeavors

By
EMA Staff
An EMA survey reveals strength amid the pandemic.
Solutions for Change: Anti-Racism in Early Music

Solutions for Change: Anti-Racism in Early Music

“We must be anti-racist in early music because early music is worth it.”
The Modern World of Early Brass

The Modern World of Early Brass

The people who build period instruments face many challenges.
The Makers of Dreams: Instrument Builders

The Makers of Dreams: Instrument Builders

In this and coming issues, EMAg will feature makers of early-music instruments, celebrating artisans who design and craft wind, string, keyboard, and percussion instruments based on historical models. Some of these makers are players themselves, and all interact closely with those who collect, play, and love their instruments.
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