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SecretMusic FrontCoverA Novel for Early Music Lovers

Hidden River Press announces the publication of The Secret Music at Tordesillas, a novel in which Early Music plays a starring role. Set in the early years of the Spanish Inquisition, the story follows a young Granadan oud player of Jewish descent who becomes a court vihuelist for Juana I of Castile, the queen known to history as “Juana la Loca.” Inspired by the 1990 album by La Nef, Music for Joan the Mad, the novel explores the subversive power of music in a tumultuous and terrifying era — one that bears a striking resemblance to our own historical moment. The Secret Music at Tordesillas is available for order through independent bookstores as well as larger online booksellers. The author, Marjorie Sandor, has published five previous books of fiction and nonfiction, and was the 2004 winner of the National Jewish Book Award in Fiction. She has written frequently for Opera News on the relationship between music and literature.

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Posted 10/15/20


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Intro to Early Music Improv with Tina Chancey

Tina Chancey is offering a 5-session, on-line introductory course on Early Music Improvisation throughout the summer. It's designed to help you get comfortable with the process of improvisation. You'll learn the practice of active listening, how to remember what you hear, and how to use SHMRG (Sound, Harmony, Melody, Rhythm and Growth) to understand and describe what happens in music. Sessions on medieval, Renaissance, and baroque music isolate the specific elements of each musical style. Improvisation is a combination of what you know, what you hear, and what you have to say. In this course you'll get better at all three.

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Posted 5/5/20


Half-hour voice lessons with soprano Amy Bartram

While your weekly choral or early music singing groups are on hiatus, it’s so important to keep singing—even a short daily practice session can keep your voice in shape. I can help you with customized vocal exercises drawn from historical vocal methods. I’m offering half-hour weekly voice lessons online via FaceTime or Zoom. We can also work on repertoire from medieval to contemporary, solo or ensemble. I’m a member of NATS and EMA, and you can find out more at my website.

Please email Amy to learn more.

Posted 4/16/20


Recorder, traverso, and modern flute lessons with Deborah Booth

In the spirit of our times I am offering on-line lessons for recorder, traverso (baroque flute), and modern flute. Daytime or evening sessions are available. I will be using Zoom, FaceTime, and Skype platforms depending on each student’s needs and equipment. I’m feeling very grateful in these mysterious times, for our many choices of virtual technology!

Students at all levels are welcome.
It’s nice to have a musical focus during uncertain months.
I hope to hear from some of you!

Contact Deborah by email or find more info on her website.

Posted 4/2/20


AML_coverartAugusta McKay Lodge
Beyond Bach and Vivaldi
Rare Unaccompanied Works for the Baroque Violin

Though Bach’s set of six Sonatas and Partitas represents the pinnacle of writing for the solo violin, the Baroque repertoire was rich in compositions for the unaccompanied violin, much of which remains little explored. On this recording Augusta McKay Lodge, hailed as ‘the real thing, a true virtuoso’ (Seen and Heard), explores masters of the genre such as Biber, Locatelli and Pisendel but delves deeper to include the impassioned works of Nicola Matteis, the Franco-Italian warmth of Thomas Baltzar and a series of other long-overshadowed works by their contemporaries.

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Posted 4/1/20


Brian KayEarly plucked instrument lessons with Brian Kay: Lute, Theorbo, Oud, Lyre, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque

If you are looking to expand your knowledge and abilities on an instrument, or playing one for the first time, you can study with GRAMMY award winner Brian Kay. Brian Kay is a modern-day troubadour. He is the first Artistic Leadership Fellow of Apollo's Fire and in 2019, he won a Grammy Award for his work on their Songs of Orpheus recording. He has performed throughout the world at venues such as the National Concert Hall of Dublin, Belfast Castle (Ireland), Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center. His live radio appearances include NPR, Baltimore's WYPR, Baltimore's 98ROCK, Boston's WGBH, and Cleveland's WCLV. He has recorded with record labels Avie and Sono Luminus and has appeared on more than 10 album releases which include original, early music, folk, traditional sephardic, chamber and orchestral.

As a professor, Brian teaches at Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University. He has lectured on music and history at Yale University, The Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University, The Maltz Center, the Folger Theater, the Kennedy Center, and Baldwin-Wallace College. He was Artist in Residence at the Cushman School in Miami and has done outreach for elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and prisons across the country. or contact Brian by email

Posted 3/26/20