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How Goes Gesualdo?

How Goes Gesualdo?

Parker Ramsay
In some repertoire, the gulf between singers and instrumentalists is narrowing. The author calls it 'among the more exciting developments in historical performance,' which might reshape our understanding of Italian Renaissance music. (Photo of Nicolas Achten)
Making a Parody of Bach, No Kidding

Making a Parody of Bach, No Kidding

Jacob Jahiel
The so-called parody process requires a great deal of historical knowledge but also a willingness to fill in the gaps. Performer-composer Jessica Korotkin, a Baroque cellist, combines historical scholarship with her own ingenuity for a new set of Bach-inspired cello suites.
Conference Report: ‘Black and Indigenous Sounds in the Early Atlantic World’

Conference Report: ‘Black and Indigenous Sounds in the Early Atlantic World’

Miguel A. Valerio
Last month, scholars studying facets of early Black and indigenous sounds came together to share their research and ask a few big questions. Is this a new, interdisciplinary field of study, where sound is central to help understand life, culture, literature, and music?

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The Great Isabella Leonarda, Discovered Anew

The Great Isabella Leonarda, Discovered Anew

Karen M. Cook
She spent most of her life in the convent and composed prolifically. Suor Isabella Leonarda's sacred and instrumental music is given deluxe performances in this terrific new recording.
Fortune Favors the Old: Machaut from Blue Heron and Les Délices

Fortune Favors the Old: Machaut from Blue Heron and Les Délices

Jacob Jahiel
Machaut’s narrative poem and music for 'The Remedy for Fortune' is a collaborative recording between two of America’s leading ensembles, Blue Heron and Les Délices. The results is musically compelling and makes for cohesive storytelling.
Listening to the Fur Trade in British North America

Listening to the Fur Trade in British North America

Elizabeth Rouget
The Indigenous peoples of British North America did the trapping and skinning of animal pelts and traded them to European settlers. To keep these mutually beneficial exchanges flowing, the disparate cultures used music, dance, and sound as a vital means of communication. This fascinating book explores how music helped forge cross-cultural trade.
Recording Review: History and Politics Collide with Music from Brazil’s First Emperor

Recording Review: History and Politics Collide with Music from Brazil’s First Emperor

Aaron Keebaugh
A new recording of sacred music from Brazil's first emperor, Pedro I, shows a skilled composer working in a delightful bel canto style and with theatrical flair. But Pedro's populist reputation (and the recording project itself) taps into today's charged political climate.

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EARLY MUSIC NEWS FROM OTHER SOURCES

"Archaeologists spend a lot of time examining the remains of distant pasts, which includes the study of rock paintings. This is largely visual work – but sometimes we can “hear” the ancient past using acoustic methods."
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The Conversation
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June 22, 2022
The seashell’s music probably hadn’t been heard by humans for more than 17,000 years.
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Classic FM
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July 18, 2022
In Germany, a minstrel was expected “to acquit himself well as a swordsman.” Surviving illustrations tend to emphasize the bulky, formidable aspect of these street performers. But why?
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The Honest Broker
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July 2, 2022
Author, critic, teacher and public intellectual, he was an unabashed flamethrower who challenged conventional thinking about classical music.
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The New York Times
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July 1, 2022
A BLM placard in New York encouraged a conductor in London to discover more about this 16th-century pioneer of European classical music.
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The Guardian
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June 16, 2022

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COMMUNITY NEWS & PRESS RELEASES

José de Nebra (1702-1768) is well known as a composer of opera, but only a few scattered keyboard pieces of his circulated until a substantial manuscript was discovered recently in ...
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Saturday, December 10, 2022, 4:00 pm Emmanuel Church, Boston, MA, in-person Sunday, December 11, 2022, 4:00 pm Trinity Lutheran Church, Worcester, MA, in-person, and live-streamed at oldpostroad.org For over thirty ...
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Who doesn’t love a good mystery? Music by unnamed composers comprises a third of the magnificent Kroměříž collection in the Czech Republic, outnumbering any named composer’s work. Whoever its authors ...
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The North American Virtual Recorder Society (NAVRS) will soon celebrate its one-year anniversary and what an amazing year it has been! What started as a seed of an idea in ...
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Carols, Noels, Villancicos, Chorales  “You can count on Frederick Renz and the musicians of his Early Music New York to offer a Christmas program unlike anything else the city’s music ...
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