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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 […]

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 […]

June 4, 2016

Saturday morning quotes 6.3: Good vibrations?

As much as we like to immerse ourselves in research and understanding the aesthetics of early music, and as much as we would wish to achieve an honest approximation of the transparency and purity of sound that honors and serves those aesthetics, we simply cannot deny the fact that we are affected by the changes […]

November 14, 2015

Saturday morning quotes 5.26: Folk music – Art music

As a duo, we benefit from a uniquely single-minded approach to early music that favors clear communication of text sung in a natural voice and a supple yet elegant command of rhythmic gesture.  While to some it may seem a happy coincidence or a serendipitous meeting of the minds, our approach is really the result […]

April 24, 2015

Saturday morning quotes 4.51: Class again

For the penultimate post of four full year’s worth of weekly Saturday quotes, we reflect a bit upon why we bother to continue what feels at times a fool’s errand.  We have faithfully posted items of interest—the results of our own reading and research—every week these past four years, not because we have the luxury […]

April 4, 2015

Saturday morning quotes 4.47: Class in session

Let’s not mince words: Early music bears NO ancestral relationship to what today’s historians and hype-merchants market as “classical” music.  Early music was always functional music of some sort, whether composed for devotional or liturgical purposes, social dancing, entertainment for wealthy patrons, as a domestic pastime, as a theoretical exercise, or as the common indulgence […]

March 21, 2015

Saturday morning quotes 4.45: Original pop

ARRANGEMENT OF VOCAL POLYPHONY FOR SOLO VOICE AND LUTE IS NOT A MODERN DEVICE, BUT THE RESTORATION OF A LOST ART THAT WAS IN COMMON PRACTICE DURING THE 16TH CENTURY. Our energies have of late been diverted from our usual routine, offering us the rare opportunity to pause and take a retrospective look at the sum […]