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September 20, 2018

Collaborative Shakespeare II

Having written and posted a piece on Shakespeare and his collaborators in great haste, we find it necessary to add a few additional points that may have been glossed over in the previous post. The first point of clarification has to do with John Florio, pictured to the left, and his participation in editing material […]

September 19, 2018

Collaborative Shakespeare

I really don’t have time for this.  But having been subjected elsewhere to that particularly distasteful sniping style of unfocused tit-for-tat technique common to our modern computer keyboard commando, I am compelled to clarify a premise on this forum. People love to argue about William Shakespeare; the person, the writer, the authenticity, the works.  I […]

April 26, 2013

Saturday morning quotes 2.50: Shakespeare’s lute book

For the past week we have been reading about the birthday and/or recorded death date of a certain prominent playwright and poet from Elizabethan England.  The literary output of this legendary (some say mythical) figure is still the source of employment for many stage actors, theater directors and university lecturers, not to mention loggers – […]

August 21, 2011

Shakespeare was really Sondheim

This is just a short post to draw attention to an article found on the Guardian website Shakespeare’s last masterpiece was really a musical.  For some baffling reason, this is being treated as a new discovery, and Robert Johnson is identified as a newly-discovered significant composer. Music in Shakespeare is a subject near and dear […]

December 11, 2021

Saturday morning quotes 8.29: Mignarda reading list II

While trying to make sense of the ever-shifting state of the world this week, we take a few moments to share more quotations drawn from the Mignarda reading list. As usual, we present bits of flotsam from the constant research that informs our approach to historical music and poetry, concluding with a modicum of social […]

September 4, 2021

Saturday morning quotes 8.24 Doulce Mémoire album release

Events of the past 18 months have put a universal damper on concert activities for musicians of all types, and early music specialists, with our narrow and mostly mature audiences, have been particularly hard-hit by limited performance opportunities, a situation made more difficult by a general confused message from leadership with rules that appear to […]

July 10, 2021

Saturday morning quotes 8.20: Context v. Content

As dedicated performers of historical music, we occasionally mention the importance of contextual details that inform our understanding of song texts and their music, and we are firm in the belief that these details lead to engaged interpretations of musical treasures that have for centuries occupied a silent library shelf. But we want to emphasize […]

May 1, 2021

Saturday morning quotes 8.15: New or old?

Our new CD, Unquiet Thoughts, has been making the rounds over the past few weeks and we have been receiving a very positive response to our unique take on English music for voice and lute from circa 1600. This is quite satisfying because we put a great deal of effort into this recording, intentionally aiming […]

January 16, 2021

Saturday morning quotes 8.9: Teach music

Given that we presently inhabit an age where elected leaders are more prone to exhibit childish behavior than actually lead, it is high time we pause to consider just what sort of example we are setting for the next few generations in all aspects of life. It’s time to reflect how we arrived at such […]

December 11, 2020

Concert Set: Music for the season

The 2020 Winter season is upon us and we see friends and colleagues across the globe struggling with very idea of celebration during a time when so many have very little reason to celebrate. This year, things are a bit different, but this is not the first time in history that the holiday season has […]