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Lawes and Jenkyns Guard Thy Rest* Part II

sarah cunninghamGuest Sarah CunninghamThe Age of the Industrial Revolution is defined as a time in which society looked toward the future and rejected the past. At the same time, the Arts & Crafts movement was started by a group of decorative artists, led by William Morris, who rejected the artistic endeavors of the age and looked toward the past for creative inspiration. The leaders of this movement encouraged Arnold Dolmetsch to pursue his interest in reviving instruments and repertoire from the 17th century. Dolmetsch's connection to the British Library lent him access to extant manuscripts including those attributed to Henry VIII as well the compositions of John Jenkins and William Lawes, among others. We continue our exploration of Lawes and Jenkins, the two great masters of English consort repertoire; and Arnold Dolmetsch who moved Ezra Pound to exclaim, "Lawes and Jenkyns guard thy rest, Dolmetsch ever be thy guest."*

*Ezra Pound, Canto LXXXI

Vita Wallace, violin
Claire Smith, violin
Lawrence Lipnik, viola da gamba
Rosamund Morley, viola da gamba
Sarah Cunningham, viola da gamba
Patricia Ann Neely, viola da gamba

Friday, May 31 at 8pm
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street
(just south of Christopher Street)

$20 general; $10 students & seniors

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