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August 24, 2019

Saturday morning quotes 7.27: Natural voice

“Myth consists in overturning culture into nature or, at least, the social, the cultural, the ideological, the historical into the “natural.” What is nothing but a product of class division and its moral, cultural and aesthetic consequences is presented as being a “matter of course”; under the effect of mythical inversion, the quite contingent foundations […]

July 29, 2011

Natural voice

This is a brief post and something of a click-fest, riffing a little on last week’s Saturday quote from the dedication found in Pierre de Ronsard’s Livre des mélanges, 1560.  Ronsard specifically mentions “the sweetness of the natural voice,” and we don’t want to let this point pass unnoticed. We miss no opportunity to stress […]

September 6, 2019

Saturday morning quotes 7.28: Naturaliter

“History is a conceptual artifact that attempts to bestow continuity and coherence upon the intractable shapes and scattered debris of the past.  It selects and molds, it documents and extrapolates, it judges and evaluates.  It is never the equivalent of reality.” – Gilbert Chase, in his review of Charles Hamm, Yesterdays: Popular Song in America, […]

October 11, 2016

Alternative voices

We observe the looming presidential election cycle with a mounting sense of dread and dismay.  The primary media outlets are shaping the message to such a great extent that we feel that individuals connecting with individuals is the only route to communicating authentic information. Donald Trump is nothing more or less than an embarrassing reminder […]

July 23, 2016

Saturday morning quotes 6.10: Giving voice

Despite our dwelling in the age of the painfully obvious, from time to time we feel compelled to offer a few remarks on the subject of voice, our thoughts on vocal qualities and our conscious interpretive choices.  As with the shining example of one of our very favorite singers, Marco Beasley, interpreting early music with a natural […]

May 2, 2014

Saturday morning quotes 3.51: Naturally

For this the penultimate post for this our third full year of Saturday Morning Quotes, we revisit one of our prevailing themes, singing to the lute with a natural voice. We pose the following question: With availability of the results of so much valuable historical research, and in the face of more than ample evidence, why […]

October 28, 2011

Saturday morning quote #23: Voice, lute & polyphony

As our music gains greater circulation, we often receive comments concerning what appears to many a unique format of performing polyphonic music from the 16th century, solo voice and lute – music that sometimes goes deeper into the renaissance repertory than the more typical Elizabethan lute songs. Much of our repertory is familiar in its […]

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 […]

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 […]

June 8, 2019

Saturday morning quotes 7.25: Noisier

High summer is nearly upon us, and one wishes to take advantage of moderate temperatures and prise open long-shuttered windows and doors for a breath of fresh air before the onslaught of mid-American heat and humidity.  But instead of cool, calm gentle breeze, we are assailed with the constant yip of the neighbor’s yap dog, […]