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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 […]

September 28, 2018

Saturday morning quotes 7.14: Lachrimæ V

We return to our series on John Dowland’s Lachrimæ, or Seaven Teares after an unplanned interruption with a few posts on the subject of Shakespeare.  For today’s post we revisit the lute solo versions of the Lachrimæ pavan thought to be Dowland’s inspiration for the 1604 collection for five viols—or violins—and lute, and indeed received […]

September 7, 2018

Saturday morning quotes 7.12: Lachrimæ III

“Hauing in forren parts met diuers Lute-lessons of my composition, publisht by strangers without my name or approbation; I thought it much more conuenient, that my labours should passe forth vnder mine owne allowance, receiuing from me their last foile and polishment; for which consideration I haue vndergone this long and troublesome work, wherein I […]

August 31, 2018

Saturday morning quotes 7.11: Lachrimæ II

We continue our examination of Dowland’s famous musical emblem as background to his publication, Lachrimæ or Seaven Teares, a collection of instrumental music for five viols or violin family instruments and lute published in 1604. In our previous post we discussed Dowland’s source for the “falling tear” motif, and made a strong case for the […]

July 6, 2018

Saturday morning quotes 7.7: Sighs & tears

Following our theme of English songs for solo voice and lute, and on the heels of last week’s introduction of William Byrd’s “Susanna faire“, today we feature our new recording of John Dowland’s “If that a Sinners sighes be Angels foode” from his final book of songs, A Pilgrimes Solace, published in 1612. Dowland (1563 […]

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 […]

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 […]

July 5, 2014

Saturday morning quotes 4.8: Name that tune

“Whats in a name? That which we call a Rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” – Juliet, from An Excellent conceited Tragedie of Romeo and Iuliet As it hath been often (with great applause) plaid publiquely, by the Right Honourable the L. of Hunsdon his seruants. (II, ii) A name can make […]

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 […]

January 18, 2014

Saturday morning quotes 3.36: Chant and lute

Mignarda’s IndieGoGo Campaign What we call Gregorian Chant is a rare and precious link to our remote past, but as the embodiment of Christian liturgical practice, is also a living, breathing form of worship still in use today.  An enormous body of work, chant both describes the outline and fills in the minute details of […]