EMA Publishes Fall 2011 Issue of Early Music America magazine

29 Aug 2011

[Seattle, WA]- Early Music America has published the Fall 2011 issue of its quarterly publication, Early Music America magazine. Call 1-888-SACKBUT or email info@earlymusic.org now to request a complimentary copy.


BEMF 2011: Change and Transformation
John S. Powell recaps the wide array of concerts, seminars, workshops, pre-concert lectures, mini-festivals, organizational meetings, and centerpiece opera Niobe, Regina di Tebe, that took place at the biennial festival in Boston.

Excerpt: “The theme of this year’s Boston Early Music Festival was ‘Metamorphoses: Change and Transformation.’ As artistic directors Stephen Stubbs and Paul O’Dette pointed out, Ovid’s Latin classic Metamorphoses (meaning ‘changes in shape’) was one important association with the word. ‘Another story in its own right is the way in which classical thought and literature were revived, translated, and either revered or forgotten in the successive ages of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods.’”

Also featured in this article: “EMA’s Young Performers Festival Enchants BEMF Audiences”

Why Play the Keyboard Sonatas of Leopold Koželuch?
Christopher Hogwood explains why the celebrated composer, although beloved in his own time, has been largely overlooked by the early music revival.

Excerpt: “Koželuch led the last generation that attempted to preserve and integrate the world of the serious amateur into frontline musical life before a permanent divide opened up between ‘great’ music (difficult, professional, for listening) and the anodyne world of ‘salon’ music (easy, amateur, for playing).”

Early Music in the City That Never Sleeps
Gene Murrow describes how New York’s early music scene has flourished in the past few years based on the presence of numerous ensembles, a vibrant community of artists and scholars, a solid educational infrastructure, a growing fan base, and more.

Excerpt: “As Grant Herreid of the New York Continuo Collective says: ‘Where else could a musician like me sing Gregorian chant and Renaissance motets in two different Tridentine Latin mass professional church choirs, perform music for Shakespeare’s Tempest with Sir Derek Jacoby and David Daniels, play Vivaldi for the Danish Royal Ballet at Lincoln Center, lead a mixture of amateur and professional Baroque guitar players and singers in a concert of 17th century Spanish music, and perform all of Robert Dowland’s Musicall Banquet…all in one week?’”

Also in this issue:
Profile: Joel Fredericksen by Beth Adelman
In Conclusion: Madrigal Dinners by Lavern Wagner
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.

Patrick Nugent, Publicity Director
206-720-6270; fax 206-720-6290