The versatility of Nashville’s historically informed musicians has made them flexible, even delightfully heretical, in their approach to performing early music. It's a scene that has been ebbing, flowing, and growing for nearly 20 years.
Two damaged fragments of parchment, circa 1300, have an amazing story to tell. The Dorset rotulus, a scroll of music, helps flesh out a 400-year gap in our knowledge, adding new insights into the development of the medieval English motet. And for anyone looking for new early English material available for performance, the book will be an excellent resource.
Like playing bingo, you can find "crisp" in countless early-music reviews, although such a term isn't found in the historical record. Are musicians looking for uniformly "crisp" playing while neglecting other sonic possibilities? What's going on here?
The French-American keyboard player Aymeric Dupré la Tour, of Niantic, Connecticut, has tragically died following a car accident. Dupré la Tour was driving on the Interstate in the early hours of the morning when his car collided with a tractor-trailer in the adjacent lane.
The countertenor's commitment to early music remains solid, even as the larger entertainment world has discovered his unique talents. You sense that Holiday's intense desire to communicate informs his cabaret act as much as his Baroque opera.
To shed light on the fascinating characters who populated the early Americas’ broad musical landscapes, EMA's Emerging Professional Leadership Council is pleased to announce the launch of a new digital-essay series, Early Music: the Americas.
This fantastic new disc, the Concerto di Margherita's debut recording, includes an array of madrigals, arias, and villanelles for two to five voices, interspersed with instrumental works. The quality of the vocal production throughout is top-notch, and it is matched by that of the instruments, which shine as much in their various accompanying roles as in the standalone instrumental works.
If you’ve ever sung or played a madrigal from an edition on IMSLP, you’ve probably engaged with the work of Allen Garvin, whose International Music Score Library Project corpus surpassed two thousand uploads last year. A computer programmer and mobility systems engineer by profession, Garvin is undaunted by the technical aspect of typesetting editions. “The music I really love is the madrigal repertoire from about 1550-1590. I return to those over and over again.”
Most exciting, arguably, is the next generation of musicians who are taking tradition and quietly making it their own — brilliantly showcased over the past week by the London Festival of Baroque Music.
Early Music America’s Young Performers Festival and the Emerging Artists Showcase presents some of the most talented and inspiring musicians in North America, this year June 8 - 10, as part of the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition (BFX), which runs a full week starting June 5. The festivities begin with Virtual Showcase on June 1 & 3 via YouTube.