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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 […]

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 […]

September 5, 2015

Saturday morning quotes 5.16: Two by Sermisy

As a duo specializing in polyphonic music of the 16th century our primary focus has been performance of surviving repertory for solo voice and lute. While there is an ample supply of historical music that survives in this format, there also exists a vast amount of 16th-century vocal polyphony that not only adapts well to […]

June 21, 2014

Saturday morning quotes 4.6: Gatekeepers

Howard Armstrong: (After playing a tune) “How did you like that, Mr. Yank Rachell?” Yank Rachell: “I didn’t like that very much.” Howard Armstrong: “You don’t like me, do you?” Yank Rachell: “No. I wouldn’t let you play in my backyard. I wouldn’t let you in my backyard…If you were hungry in the morning and […]

January 4, 2014

Saturday morning quotes 3.34: Quiet

An abundance of snow has a way of making the world a quieter place. We quote the third verse of one of our favorite texts by one of our favorite poets that was given a musical setting by one of our favorite composers. What prince so great as doth not seem to want; what man […]

December 7, 2013

Saturday morning quotes 3.30: Support our tropes

“…Secure at least $50,000 per annum. Beyond this never earn—make no effort to increase fortune, but spend the surplus each year for benevolent purposes. Cast aside business forever, except for others.” – Andrew Carnegie, note to self (1868) As we launch a new effort to fund our next three recordings, we hope our readers will […]