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February 17, 2012

Saturday morning quotes #39: more John Ward

Musicologist John Milton Ward (July 6, 1917 – December 12, 2011) specialized in tracing the tenuous points of convergence between folk and art music.  In the hands of a lesser scholar, this may have resulted in a soul-deadening presentation of facts, confined to listing sources, concordances and variants.  It’s no wonder scholars frequently indulge in […]

January 21, 2012

John Ward

The second half of the 20th century saw a renewal of interest in early music and, like the natural life of any popular fad today, what was formerly an arcane curiosity eventually became a product that was slickly commercialized, cleverly packaged and marketed to consumers.  But if the universe of early music may be described […]

April 4, 2014

Saturday morning quotes 3.47: Edward Doughtie (1935 – 26 March 2014)

With much regret we report the sad news of Edward Doughtie’s passing on 26th March 2014. A frequent correspondent and a mentor who treated us as colleagues, Ed shared his knowledge and wisdom with an old-school sense of decorum. With gently wry suggestions and kind supportive words, he helped add substance to our understanding of […]

March 25, 2019

Saturday morning quotes 7.23: Standards

As we approach one full score years of the new millennium, it’s time to accept that it is no longer “new”, and that the the present time is upon us.  It doesn’t seem to matter that the mantle of the present fits like a cheap suit, the times and the standards have changed and we […]

January 9, 2016

Saturday morning quotes 5.34: Influences

“What are your influences?” – Jimmy Rabbitte from the The Commitments by Roddy Doyle (film, 1991) Whether we like to accept the fact or not it is nearly impossible for a musician to avoid being influenced by examples.  In musical genres like rock, it is not only typical but essential for a band to list […]

September 26, 2015

Saturday morning quotes 5.19: Philip Van Wilder

Whenever the subject of Philip van Wilder (c.1500 – 1553) is broached, the conversation inevitably must turn toward things he was not, or the music he did not compose.  For instance, the portrait, “Unknown Man with Lute” by Hans Holbein the younger that is preserved in the Staatliche Museen, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin is not Philip Van […]

April 10, 2015

Saturday morning quotes 4.48: Class resumes

Today’s post is intended to draw deserved attention to an article that raises several questions about the nature and origins of “traditional” music, in particular Irish traditional music.  The article discusses some important aspects of licensing for public performance and copyright, a vexing problem for those restricted from participation in sharing what amounts to a […]

October 19, 2012

Saturday quotes 2.22 Dowland’s training Part 2

For whatever reason, music of the Elizabethan era seems to fall into the broad marketing category of “classical music”, a designation that belies the original popular or functional qualities of so much of the music.  It also misses by a mile the colorful personalities of the people who originally played what amounts to popular music — […]

February 4, 2012

Saturday morning quote #37: Inventing attitude

This is the final installment of a very personal view on the text, The Modern Invention of Medieval Music: Scholarship, Ideology, Performance by Daniel Leech-Wilkinson.  We have bothered to offer commentary on this book in reaction to an underlying theme woven throughout the text, an air of establishing just who’s who and what’s what.  This […]

January 4, 2020

Saturday morning quotes 7.32: 2020

Happy New Year, such as it is.  Four days into a new decade, we find ourselves observing a continent on fire and a surfeit of irrational behavior on the part of the unwholesome element that has insinuated itself into a leadership role while citizens were busy being distracted by their phones. It would be a […]