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August 17, 2013

Saturday morning quotes 3.14: Taruskin part one

We all know the type – a thinking person who probes so deeply beneath the surface that he emerges in an explosion of subterranean dust, instigating a coughing fit that consumes everyone in the same breathing space.  A speaker-entertainer who effectively converts a reasonably thought-provoking question into a presentation intended to provoke controversy.  A pragmatist […]

April 7, 2018

Saturday morning quotes 7.3: Improv

“…[T]he modern reconstructionist movement has produced many scrupulous realizers of musical notation but has yet to produce a single genuine master of improvisation, which we all know to be nine-tenths of the Renaissance and Baroque musical icebergs.” – Richard Taruskin, “On Letting the Music Speak for Itself: Some Reflections on Musicology and Performance”, The Journal […]

March 31, 2018

Saturday morning quotes 7.2: Intentions

“…[M]usic can never under any circumstances but electronic speak for itself. In the case of notated music there is always a middle man, even if it is only ourselves as we contemplate the written symbols.” –  Richard Taruskin One’s ideas evolve over time, and our years of tireless research into honest and effective performance of […]

March 24, 2018

Saturday morning quotes 7.1: Authenticity redux

We finally reemerge with our series of Saturday morning quotes after more than a year of hiatus.  Those faithful readers who have followed our series will know the general thrust of our approach, which remains unchanged and as committed as ever.  But for new readers, we will say that our series of quotes past and […]

January 16, 2016

Saturday morning quotes 5.35: Perspective

After reading publicity materials from yet another young baroque band, proudly trumpeting their flamboyant and extrovert performances—employing baroque music as a medium for social change—we pause briefly to reset the badly sprung taste meter. Pity poor baroque music, thrust into an unflattering and entirely unsuitable role. It was never meant to act as an agent for […]

April 25, 2015

Saturday morning quotes 4.50: Who played what?

We all have our own ideas and images that spring to mind when considering the sound picture of early music.  For some, it’s the sound of recorders or other wind instruments played in consort.  For others, it’s the costumes and the “Renaissance Fayre” modern mishmash of old tunes and not so old tunes played on […]

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 […]

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 […]

March 8, 2014

Saturday morning quotes 3.43: Pettifoggers of music

Last week’s quote from Richard Taruskin pointed out that recreating music of the past is nothing more than a pretense—we are simply relabeling music of today under a different name.  In a parenthetical aside, he indicated that we dwell on music of the past because we appear to have little use for music of the […]

March 1, 2014

Saturday morning quotes 3.42: Rewriting history

“…What we call historical performance is the sound of now, not then. It derives its authenticity not from its historical verisimilitude, but from its being for better or worse a true mirror of late-20th-century taste…So forget history. What Early Music has been doing is busily remaking the music of the past in the image of […]