EMA Publishes Fall 2009 Issue of Early Music America magazine

25 Aug 2009 (SEATTLE, WA) Early Music America has published the Fall 2009 issue of its quarterly publication, Early Music America magazine.  Call 1-888-SACKBUT or email info@earlymusic.org now to request a complimentary copy.


Dido & Aeneas: Purcell’s English Opera on Disc
Craig Zeichner reviews a sampling of recordings in celebration of the 350th anniversary of composer Henry Purcell’s birth.

Excerpt: “Lots of question marks are attached to interpretations of Dido. The many printed editions and recordings of the work reflect changing views of how 17th-century music is performed. Purcell scholars (Andrew) Pinnock and Bruce Wood write, ‘Great art invites endless re-interpretation…No one thinks there is a ‘right’ way to deliver Dido any more. That does not diminish it in the slightest.’”

The Master Class Touch
Gary Freeman explores the early music field’s most telling and trying experience: the master class.

Excerpt:  “Master classes are the ultimate reality show. Usually held in a semi-public setting, they are most revealing for the student whose nerves are jittery, for the teacher whose missteps are judged by dozens of colleagues, and for the members of the audience who are glad not to be up there being criticized.”

Waking the Wood: The Design and Construction of Historical Harps
Author Iris Graville profiles Bill and Catherine Campbell, instrument makers who rediscover lost sounds as they create historical harps in the Pacific Northwest.

Excerpt: “A commitment to preserving the sounds of those early harps has driven the Campbells to make over 16 different historical styles since the first harp came out of Bill’s boat-building shop in 1993. ‘The early instrument makers knew better than anyone else how to make these instruments work for the music they were intended for,’ says Bill, ‘so we’ve learned to do what they did, to make the instruments as they did.’”

Also in this issue:
Report: Boston Early Music Festival: A summary review of the concerts and other events in June 2009.
Where to Study Early Music in the U.S. and Canada: A listing of schools where one can pursue a degree in historical performance.  

Plus Recording Reviews, Book Reviews, and Sound Bytes (news from the field).

About Early Music America
Early Music America serves and strengthens the early music community in North America and raises public awareness of early music.  EMA was founded in 1985 and provides its 3,000 members with publications, advocacy, and technical support.  EMA publishes the quarterly magazine Early Music America.  “Early music” includes western music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, performed on period instruments in historically-informed styles.  For more information, contact Early Music America at 206-720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT, or visit our web site at www.earlymusic.org.

Maria Coldwell, Executive Director
206-720-6270 or 1-888-SACKBUT; fax 206-720-6290