The Instruments of Early Music

    Are you curious about all the different early music instruments?
    One of the best web sites to explore is Ross Duffin’s site at Case Western Reserve University. It contains sound files, illustrations, and brief essays about Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque musical instruments:

    Are you specifically interested in Baroque music?
    Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra of Toronto has a particularly good educational web site with information about Baroque instruments, Baroque composers, and Baroque performance style:

    Hear EMA member and USC Thornton School of Music faculty member Adam Gilbert demonstrate a number of medieval/Renaissance wind instruments:

    Would you like to hear one of EMA’s distinguished board members, Professor Thomas Forrest Kelly of Harvard University, address the differences between modern and period instruments in classical music? Check out this video:

    The National Music Museum has an amazing collection of old musical instruments, and their web site is very informative:


    Early Music on YouTube

    YouTube now has MANY interesting videos featuring various early music instruments.

    Visit Early Music America's YouTube site by clicking on the image to the right in order to discover early music performances from around the globe.

    Some Medieval/Renaissance items:
    Ben Bagby performs the opening of Beowulf:

    Asteria performs a 15th-century song (lute and voice):

    Members of Piffaro play and talk about Josquin and Isaac at St. Olaf College:

    Nigel North plays Dowland on the Renaissance lute:

    Jordi Savall and his kids play Diego Ortiz (gamba, harp, theorbo):

    Some Baroque items:
    Hanneke van Proosdij (harpsichord) and Joanna Blendulf (viola da gamba) play Bach:

    Trio Settecento playing Leclair on Baroque violin, viola da gamba, and harpsichord:

    Ton Koopman plays Bach on the harpsichord:

    Opening of Monteverdi's Orfeo (Savall, Barcelona)

    The Pachelbel rant:

    Performance from the SIRENA Recorder Quartet


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