Early Music Month (EMM) is a national, grassroots campaign sponsored by Early Music America and designed to raise awareness of early music each March throughout the North American music community. EMM seeks to connect enthusiasts, performers, presenters, scholars, builders, students, venues, and more to bring early music to its widest audience ever.


How can I get involved?

Anyone enthusiastic about raising awareness of early music can become an EMM Partner for free and join nearly 400 individuals and organizations who have already committed to celebrate Early Music Month in their own communities.

Visit our resources page for ideas about how you can join the Early Music Month celebration, how to list your EMM event, and how EMA can celebrate YOU!


Support the Future

Early Music America provides funding for members to enhance their skills at early music workshops throughout North America and helps pay for musicians to attend the Young Performers Festival and Emerging Artists Showcase. Each year, we receive many, many more qualified applicants than we can fund. 

Help EMA provide more artistic development opportunities to musicians of all ages by making a donation to the #WeAreEarlyMusic campaign during Early Music Month.


Early Music Month Daily Musical Calendar

Selections submitted members of the EMA Board, Emerging Professional Leadership Council, and Staff. Come back every day during March for more!

J.S. Bach: Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major

by David McCormick, March 12, 2020

Rachel Podger’s recording of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas were my very first exposure to baroque violin. I was blown away by the clarity and roundness of the sound, but what really caught my attention was her improvised flourish in the Gavotte of the E Major Partita. No one had told me you could take such liberties with Bach! For me, this was the start of my deep love for baroque music on period instruments.

 

Anonymous: La Rotta/L'homme Arme/Reis Glorios

by Christine Jay, March 11, 2020

I have fond memories of sharing this recording with friends at a small gathering in Oberlin one year. The piece starts with recorder and pluckery; things seem within a Renaissance sound-world and pleasant. However, wait for the shawm to enter into the fray a little after halfway in the recording. Unabashed and sounding of flatulence, the shawm entrance is full of character and hard to miss. This recording is a humorous crowd-pleaser and a didactic way to introduce the instrument’s timbre to new listeners.

 

Weiss: Lute Sonata No. 50 in B-flat, I. Introduzzione

by Jonathan Salamon, March 10, 2020

When I want to relax and feel inspired, Robert Barto’s recordings of Sylvius Leopold Weiss’s sublime lute music are my go-to. I also used to listen to these recordings when baking, so my family is now conditioned to expect baked goods when they hear lute music! This extensive “Introduzzione” movement showcases Weiss’s inventive, idiomatic lute style—full of character and improvisatory flair. Barto’s wonderful sense of timing, as well as his ornamentation, give the music an ethereal quality.

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