EMA Announces 2022 Annual Award Recipients

EMA Announces 2022 Annual Award Recipients

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Early Music America
The 2022 Annual Awards will be conferred during a special Awards Ceremony as part of the 2022 EMA Summit. 
Peter Thacher and the Viol in Colonial Massachusetts

Peter Thacher and the Viol in Colonial Massachusetts

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Ashley Mulcahy
Massachusetts is full of lovingly preserved homes from the 17th century. But what did life in these homes sound like? The latest essay in 'Early Music: the Americas' explores the world of a Puritan reverend who left us tantalizing clues.
Why Did Medieval Cities Hire Street Musicians as First Responders?

Why Did Medieval Cities Hire Street Musicians as First Responders?

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Ted Gioia
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?
Richard Taruskin, Vigorously Polemical Musicologist, Dies at 77

Richard Taruskin, Vigorously Polemical Musicologist, Dies at 77

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William Robin
Author, critic, teacher and public intellectual, he was an unabashed flamethrower who challenged conventional thinking about classical music.
The Extraordinary Life of One of Colonial America’s Earliest Musicians

The Extraordinary Life of One of Colonial America’s Earliest Musicians

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Sophie Genevieve Lowe
The turbulent life of John Antes, an American of pluck and imagination, is part of global histories on colonialism, revolution, nationalism and religion, and international trade. It reads like an early-music adventure novel.
CD Review: Rewarding Music for Virginal on a c. 1590 Instrument

CD Review: Rewarding Music for Virginal on a c. 1590 Instrument

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Steven Silverman
Performer-scholar Charles Metz’s 2021 valuable recording includes English virginal music by William Tisdale, plus 16 works by other late 16th-century English composers. The lovely instrument, mostly preserved, dates to c. 1590.
For a Thai-American Violinist, It's All About Connections

For a Thai-American Violinist, It’s All About Connections

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Natasha Gauthier
Sallynee Amawat, raised in two distinct cultures, is eager to take artistic risks and hungry to link continents and ideas. Her latest projects with Infusion Baroque cover topics as varied as gender, courtly dance, and 'exoticized' repertoire.
CD Review: Cellist Elinor Frey Explores Early Italian Concertos

CD Review: Cellist Elinor Frey Explores Early Italian Concertos

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Andrew J. Sammut
A champion of under-performed 18-century treasures for cello, Elinor Frey's latest recording is high in virtuosity and appeal. As the cover suggests, she has two instruments at her disposal: one a standard Strad-model cello, the other a 3/4 size cello that allows several of the works to really sing.
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EMA Board Issues Statement Against Sexual Harassment and Assault

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Early Music America
The EMA board of directors, meeting last week in Berkeley, California, voted to release the following statement against sexual harassment and assault in our field and across society.
Detail of the black shawm players in The Engagement of St. Ursula and Prince Etherius, , c.1520 (oil on panel) by Master of Saint Auta (fl.1512-29) at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon. Photograph: Bridgeman Images

Vicente Lusitano: Why was the first Black published composer just a footnote in histories?

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Joseph McHardy
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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