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January 25, 2020

Saturday morning quotes 7.34: Fortune

We have written previously on the subject of Fortune in early music (or slightly less early), and we have also previously featured music from our CD survey of sixteenth-century French chansons.  Today we feature our unique interpretation of a particular chanson from a seminal publication printed a mere 491 years ago. The publication is Tres […]

August 8, 2020

Mignarda Concert Sets: “Fortuna desperata”

“Chansons, polyphonic settings of elegant but highly formalized and stereotyped French poems, constituted the principal sort of secular music in western Europe during the fifteenth century…Some of the later fifteenth-century composers began to control and manipulate their free-flowing melodic lines by means of a network of motives and by imitation among all the voices, but […]

August 8, 2020

Mignarda Concert Sets: “Fortuna desperata”

July 11, 2020

Saturday morning quotes 7.48: Concert sets

Adversity: A state or instance of serious or continued difficulty or misfortune. High summer 2020: We adjust uneasily to the new normal that has descended upon us all.  The threat of a pandemic with attendant catastrophic economic effects demands we contemplate the uncomfortable prospect of if and when we will be able to perform for […]

July 11, 2020

Mignarda concert sets: “Pour un plaisir”

Pour un Plaisir: chansons for a summer evening “For he, Sire, that hearing the sweet accord of instruments or the sweetness of the natural voice feels no joy and no agitation and is not thrilled from head to foot, as being delightfully rapt and somehow carried out of himself – ’tis the sign of one […]

February 9, 2019

Saturday morning quotes 7.21: Musical Icons

Musical icons, whether particular composers or their specific masterworks, enter into the public consciousness and gain iconic status for a variety of reasons. In the realm of classical music, Beethoven’s enduring symphonies are considered iconic in view of the composer’s bold harmonic language and his strident use of dynamics. But iconic musical pieces eventually become […]

September 15, 2018

Saturday morning quotes 7.13: Lachrimæ IV

This is the fourth in our series on John Dowland’s important work of instrumental music, Lachrimæ, or Seaven Teares, published in 1604.  While the beauty and immediacy of the music is more or less easily grasped by performers and non-specialists alike, the order, the deeper meaning and the overarching concept of Dowland’s work has lain […]

August 13, 2016

Saturday morning quotes 6.13: Assumptions III

Today we return to the modern world after having had a welcome vacation from the internet—and an unwelcome vacation from electric fans and such—after experiencing a power outage lasting three full days of weather featuring days and nights of incessant heat and humidity.  This sort of summertime weather-related inconvenience tends to cause some people to […]

February 27, 2016

Saturday morning quotes 5.41: Fortuna

The ancient symbolism of Fortune’s Wheel, randomly turned at the capricious whim of the goddess  Fortuna, strikes us as much more appropriate to describe life’s ups and downs than the less reality-based myth that honest  hard work always results in success.  Today more than ever, a successful career is really the result of having been […]

November 7, 2015

Saturday morning quotes 5.25: Dowland leads the way

Those of us interested in the more obscure corners of historical music from Elizabethan times owe a debt of gratitude to Edmund Horace Fellowes (1870 – 1951).  Fellowes unearthed, studied, transcribed and published an enormous amount of historical music, including Tudor Church Music, madrigals, and thirty-two volumes of English lute songs, making all available for […]