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The London Consort of Viols, a semi-official BBC team

FLTR: Harry Danks (treble viol), Stanley Wootton (treble viol), Jacqueline Townshend (tenor viol), Desmond Dupré (tenor viol) The musicologist and Dolmetsch student, Robert Donington (who himself was a member of the group, 1950–1961), once referre...
by semibrevity on Jun 20, 2016

Jos van Immerseel: The shock of the old

The Belgian early music pioneer explains why period style matters, no matter what period. by Clive Paget “For me Stockhausen and Messiaen is early music.” Now there’s a provocative statement, but then Jos van Immerseel has been provoking a re...
by semibrevity on May 20, 2016

ACTIVATR.xyz: This #WebsiteWednesday will sprout new life into an ever budding industry of innovation

ACTIVATR.xyz – 123-reg customer (Germany) With Spring comes new beginnings and new opportunities: It’s a time that calls for change, as we look past the hardships and prepare for a brighter future. With the recent and unexpected passing of th...

Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt, a musical friendship of more than 60 years

Presentation of the Erasmus Prize, 8 September 1980. F.l.t.r.: Alice Harnoncourt, Marie Leonhardt, Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gustav Leonhardt. © Marcel Antonisse/ Anefo; Nationaal Archief, archiefinventaris 2.24.01.05...
by semibrevity on Apr 15, 2016

A 1718 bass viol, a viola d’amore and a Kirkman harpsichord in regular concert use in 1906, and not a Dolmetsch in sight!

A Kirkman harpsichord from 1755, similar to that used by Nellie Chaplin. By courtesy of Musical Instrument Museums, Edinburgh (MIMEd 4330). By Guest Blogger: Mandy Macdonald The fascination of old instruments The use of historical instruments contri...
by semibrevity on Feb 14, 2016

A nineteenth-century harpsichord promoter, with a famous music collection, who had dealings with Arnold Dolmetsch, Part 1

The library of W.T. Taphouse was very famous during his lifetime and his harpsichords were often used for concerts and exhibitions. His name is now forgotten, and it’s a tragedy that everything was sold off at his death. [...] The post A nineteenth...
by semibrevity on Dec 21, 2015

SIGNS AND WONDERS ARE ALL AROUND US – PART 3

Our holiday certainly got off to a very interesting start. Approximately 10 hours after our wonderful but altogether spooky encounter with Martin Freeman at Heathrow airport, we touched down on North American soil, and what a soil that is. It sadden...
by Believe on Oct 7, 2015

Music Monday – Retroish 122

bethere2day - Music Monday Retroish 122 - Post your choice of songs and join in add your link to the Linky. Music Monday – Retroish 122...

Desmond Dupré, lutenist to Alfred Deller, and much more besides.

Desmond Dupré taught himself to play the lute and viola da gamba at a time when players of both were scarce. He worked with i.a. Thurston Dart, Raymond Leppard, David Munrow and, from 1947 until his death, Alfred Deller. He played in more than a doz...
by semibrevity on Jul 8, 2015

Nellie Chaplin and her sisters: forgotten pioneers of early music & dance with authentic instruments. Part 1

“Indefatigable propagandists of ancient music” likened to Arnold Dolmetsch. Their hugely popular early music entertainments began in 1904, and continued for 25 years. [...] The post Nellie Chaplin and her sisters: forgotten pioneers of early musi...
by semibrevity on May 31, 2015

Micrographia- Robert Hooke, 1665.Read the book...

Cork Cells. Sparks in flints. Louse Ant Edge of a needle/Razor. Fine valed silk, Sea Weeds. Nettles and other venomous plants. Seeds of poppy. Eyes and head of a grey drone fly. Micrographia- Robert Hooke, 1665.Read the book : https://ebook...
by What did you learn today? on May 22, 2015

David Munrow (of the Early Music Consort) and Folk Music

David Munrow (1942-1976) was one of the most widely-known early music ‘personalities’ of the 1960s and 70s. This post describes how his interest in folk music and folk instruments started, and how this influenced his performances of medieval musi...
by semibrevity on May 1, 2015

David Munrow (of the Early Music Consort) and Folk Music

David Munrow (1942-1976) was one of the most widely-known early music ‘personalities’ of the 1960s and 70s. This post describes how his interest in folk music and folk instruments started, and how this influenced his performances of medieval musi...
by semibrevity on May 1, 2015

adidas Originals x Gonz x NIGO

adidas announced the launch of the highly anticipated Superstar 80s Pioneers Pack, featuring collaborations with creative minds, skater Mark Gonzales and designer NIGO.    adidas Originals Superstar 80s by Gonz Mark Gonzales has always gone...
by Recycle Bin of a Middle Child on Feb 19, 2015

Ina Lohr (1903 – 1983), a forgotten Dutch/Swiss zealot of early music

In 1933, with Paul Sacher and others, Ina Lohr founded the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, creating the first teaching and research institute for early music in the world. She was responsible for the curriculum, taught most of the theoretical subjects a...
by semibrevity on Jan 6, 2015

Ina Lohr (1903 – 1983), a forgotten Dutch/Swiss zealot of early music

In 1933, with Paul Sacher and others, Ina Lohr founded the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, creating the first teaching and research institute for early music in the world. She was responsible for the curriculum, taught most of the theoretical subjects a...
by semibrevity on Jan 6, 2015

Why craft beer pioneers hate beer snobs?

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by Beer andJoysticks on Jan 6, 2015

The Mouse Charmers

The Mouse CharmersDigital Pioneers of IndiaAuthor: Anuradha GoelLoved this book . This book is very inspiring for budding entrepreneurs .Indian is full of Talented Computer savvy guys ,like me ;-) .  These entrepreneurs require that boost ,that...
by Bookworm's Reviews on Dec 6, 2014

Syntagma Musicum, the internationally famous Dutch early music group founded by Kees Otten

Syntagma Musicum, with a youthful René Jacobs Following the demise of Muziekkring Obrecht, in 1961, and a brief return into his jazz roots, Dutch recorder pioneer Kees Otten was soon active in early music again, making a series of radio programmes,...
by semibrevity on Oct 19, 2014

Syntagma Musicum, the internationally famous Dutch early music group founded by Kees Otten

Syntagma Musicum, with a youthful René Jacobs Following the demise of Muziekkring Obrecht, in 1961, and a brief return into his jazz roots, Dutch recorder pioneer Kees Otten was soon active in early music again, making a series of radio programmes,...
by semibrevity on Oct 19, 2014


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