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October 5, 2013

Saturday morning quotes 3.21: More from Mace

We have tapped into the words of Thomas Mace (c. 1612 – 1706) with previous quotes in our ongoing series, sharing his delightfully detailed description of the ideal music room. Mace would have been just another obscure and anonymous figure had he not managed to publish his informative and entertaining book, Musick’s Monument, or A […]

January 8, 2022

Saturday morning quotes 8.32: Reason and Knowing

Now that we have transitioned into a New Year, it seems appropriate to take stock (without probing too deeply) of the the past year and look toward the possibilities of 2022. We have to face the fact that the world is not a better place today, but certainly not because of the reasons barked daily […]

December 5, 2015

Saturday morning quotes 5.29: Tempo and pitch I

This post is the first of two articles dealing with the interdependent relationship between historical tempo and reference pitch. Once upon a time, early music was distinguished by two factors: 1) instruments are tuned to A=415, and 2) it must be played as fast as possible. In fact the two phenomena are somewhat related. When […]

September 19, 2015

Saturday morning quotes 5.18: Matters of Invention

Therefore I would give this Caviat, of Cautioon to any who attempt to Exercise Their Fancies, in such Matters of Invention; That They observe Times, and Seasons, and never Force Themselves to any Thing, when they perceive an Indisposition; but wait for a Fitter, and more Hopeful Season; for what comes most Compleatly, come most […]

December 2, 2013

More on singing with the lute

Versatile performers who indulge in an abundant variety of repertory can sometimes induce a “whiplash” effect in their concert audiences by presenting a surfeit of diversity.  Concertgoers can experience performances of early music that leap from Gregorian chant to Bach to Monteverdi to Josquin to Dowland, ending with a torch song by Jerome Kern.  Over […]

October 19, 2011

Lute Matters

This post is directed without apology towards lutenists and may be of less general interest to readers who visit for our weekly quotes.  However,  the quote below from Thomas Mace may help explain our fascination with finding, dissecting, discussing and playing this music. …My 1st and Chief Design [is] to Discover the Occult Mysteries of […]

September 17, 2011

Saturday morning quote #18: A Musick Room

Musick’s Monument (1676) by Thomas Mace is an ample source of information pertinent to English music and musical practice of the mid-17th century.  It is also an endless source of amusement, given Mace’s sometimes outrageous opinions, his inventive use of superlatives and completely unique and highly random take on the use of capitalization and punctuation.  […]