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Hip to be HIP

Vol. 24 No. 3; September 2018

ON THE COVER: Composers in the 21st century are taking music in all sorts of new directions by incorporating early instruments and vocal styles into their works. The results are bringing fresh horizons to everyone involved—creators, performers, listeners. 

Beyond Bach

Vol. 24 No. 2; May 2018

ON THE COVER: Bach Collegium Japan founder and Juilliard and Yale faculty
member Masaaki Suzuki is exploring new (old) territory — the
Classical and early Romantic periods, including works by
Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn.

 

Baroque Dance for Musicians

Vol. 24 No. 1; January 2018

ON THE COVER: Trying to figure out how to phrase that gavotte or lilting air? Instrumentalists and singers can unlock mysteries of interpretation by stepping out to absorb elements of Baroque dance under the discerning eye of a seasoned violinist-dancer.

Telemann 360º: Philadelphia Gives Telemann a Rousing Anniversary Celebration

Vol. 23 No. 3; September 2017

ON THE COVER: The world is throwing a grand anniversary party this year for one of the most deserving and long-overlooked artists in Baroque music, Georg Philipp Telemann. Everyone seems to be celebrating Telemann’s 250th Deathiversary: festivals, broadcasts, exhibitions, tributes, and tours are taking place from British Columbia to Australia.

Berwick Academy Cultivates Young Period Players

Vol. 23 No. 2; May 2017

ON THE COVER: Word is out. Young professional musicians looking for an edge in their game or an extra nudge for their career have jumped at the chance to audition for the Berwick Academy, the intensive education-cum-performance institute that is part of the Oregon Bach Festival.

An American in Thiré

Vol. 23 No. 1; January 2017

ON THE COVER: Was it coincidence that in 1979, when William Christie chose a name for his newly formed Paris-based Baroque ensemble, he found one that made reference to flowers, Les Arts Florissants? Deliberately or not, the moniker foretold the marvelous estate that has become the conductor’s primary home and haven, where he has hosted thousands of visitors for days of Baroque music and the pleasures of the garden. I spent three enchanting days in August 2016 at the beginning of the eight-day festival, the fifth edition of Dans les Jardins de William Christie in Thiré, France.

Piffaro Tilts at Windmills

Vol. 22 No. 3; September 2016

ON THE COVER: Once pointed out, it is impossible to miss how thoroughly song saturates Don Quixote. There are well over 20 references to specific songs in the novel, from off-hand quotes of phrases or lines to entire episodes narrated through old ballads, or romances. It’s a pity that so few of them survive.

Indianapolis Music Goes Gold

Vol. 22 No. 2; Summer 2016

ON THE COVER: “If music be the food of love, play on,” begins the most famous opening speech in Shakespeare. The line also supplies the title for the concert that will launch the 50th-anniversary season of Indianapolis Early Music’s Early Music Festival.

Musical Miracles: Early Music in Israel

Vol. 22 No. 1; Spring 2016

ON THE COVER: “A recent press trip to Israel piqued my interest in that fascinating country’s early-music scene. Israel is at once ancient and new, like so much of what we are trying to do in our field, and I was curious about the history of the early-music revival, the active and retired performers and teachers, and the challenges facing musicians and presenters today.”

Adieu, Anonymous 4

Vol. 21 No. 4; Winter 2015

ON THE COVER: What is it someone once said about all good things? The same happens to bad things, thank goodness. In the case of Anonymous 4, however, there is a decidedly happy ending. After nearly three decades, the a cappella quartet with some of the purest tones in the vocal business is ready to bid the world a fond farewell.

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