EMA Publishes Winter 2011 Issue of Early Music America Magazine

28 Nov 2011

[SEATTLE, WA] Early Music America has published the Winter 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.


Buried Treasure
Mark Longaker focuses on the Cincinnati Art Museum’s once-neglected musical instrument collection where specialists are cataloging and evaluating more than 800 antique instruments that have lain undisturbed in the museum’s basement for nearly a century.

Excerpt: “’I am deeply impressed, said Charles Rudig,’ who formerly headed the musical instrument departments at both Christie’s and Sotheby’s auction houses and has appraised musical instruments on PBS’s popular Antiques Roadshow. ‘It’s almost like a miniature version of the Metropolitan [Museum of Art] collection.’ Rudig ranks the Cincinnati collection among the top three musical instrument collections in the country based on the strength of its ethnographic, or ‘world music’ examples.”

There’s Baroque Fiddling Going on Right Here in Music City!
John Perry describes the Baroque Fiddling Project spearheaded by Nashville’s Music City Baroque designed to explore ways of connecting fiddling with Baroque playing.

Excerpt: “Music City Baroque was in an ideal position to expand the audience for historically informed Baroque performance. Its very name seems an oxymoron: the image of down-home Music City fiddling, juxtaposed against that of an elegant, refined Baroque ensemble – a shotgun wedding at best. Yet the name came to identify both a mission and a challenge to explore and celebrate the common ground between the country music, which has made Nashville famous around the world, and the Baroque repertoire and technique that form a fundamental chapter in Western music history.”

An American in Poland
Medieval and Renaissance wind specialist Tom Zajac reports on a ten-day research trip to an early music festival in a small village in Poland in an effort to trace his musical roots.

Excerpt: “Access to Poland’s folk tradition, at least in the U.S., has been limited largely to a few archival recordings and to the narrow crossover appeal of a group such as the Warsaw Village Band. So it was a tremendous ear opener to hear the music of a quartet led by Jan Prusinowski – fiddle, cello-sized drone bass, percussion (the player using a small sideways held bass drum with attached cymbal and triangle), and flute/shawm. The musicians fused a reverential respect for tradition with the sensibilities of avant-garde performance and improvisation.”

Also in this issue:
Philip Belt and the Revival of the Fortepiano by Luis Sanchez
Profile: Thomas Tropp and the Music of the Galant by Beth Adelman
In Conclusion: Is the Revolution Over? by Anthony Martin
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