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Early Music News

The publication for members and friends of the Society.

The Society's newsletter provides a gamut of information for all early music enthusiasts.  Early Music News is currently published six times a year with extra "special editions" possible.  

Beginning with the 2017-18 season, newsletters are available to read online and may also be received electronically via email in PDF format.

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Early Music News Archive   

A complete listing of all issues with cover articles from Volume 21 (1996) to the present.

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Back issues of printed newsletters (Volumes 21-42) may still be available. To obtain a particular article, please email us the requested issue date to determine availability.

Volume 45

 READ NOW    Distant Courses: Early Music and Historical Instruments in Video Game Soundtracks by Adam Gilberti, Ph.D. and Jose Daniel Ruiz [March 2020]

 READ NOW    Beyond the Musical Fringe: The Unfolding of the Early Music Movement in North America.” by  Stanley Ritchie [February 2020]

 READ NOW    PRISM Presents The Pomona College Concert by Donna M. Di Grazia, Adrien Redford, and Hayden Eberhart [January 2020]

 READ NOW    Celebrating Strozzi’s 400th Year by Dr. Marylin Winkle [December 2019]

 READ NOW    Saxophone and Bach: An Unlikely Combo? by Cynthia Swanson [November 2019]

 READ NOW    L’Apothéose and a Spanish Händel Tribute by Patricia Bendala [October 2019]

 READ NOW    An Interview with Dr. Marylin Winkle, New Director of the UCLA Early Music Ensemble [September 2019]

Volume 44

  READ NOW    A Conference with Frescobaldi Flare by Ruta Bloomfield D.M.A. [August 2019]

  READ NOW    Rebuilding Arcadia -- Episode II: Corelli, Scarlatti, Handel and the Arcadian Academy of Rome by Arthur Omura. [July 2019]

  READ NOW    Pastime with Good Company by Karin Brookes. [June 2019]

  READ NOW    2019: A Bach St. John Passion for Southern California by Jeffrey Bernstein, Ph.D. [May 2019]

  READ NOW    Composing in the Neo-Baroque Style by Glen Shannon [April 2019]

  READ NOW    A German Renaissance Roadshow by Nicole Baker, Ph.D. [March 2019]

  READ NOW    New Early Music Concert Series Makes Its Debut in Glendale by Ron Barnett and Julianne Homokay [February 2019]

  READ NOW    Spreading the Gospel: Period Style for Modern Performers by  Colin Eatock  [January 2019] 

  READ NOW    3D Printing for Early Woodwinds by Charles M. Jackson, Ph.D.  [December 2018] 

  READ NOW    A Conference with Five High ‘Cs’ by Ruta Bloomfield, D.M.A. [November 2018] 

  READ NOW    Talk to the Hand: Reconciling Early Music Theory with Modern Instrumental Practice by Adam Bregman [October 2018] 

  READ NOW    Rebuilding Arcadia: How the Pastoral Genre Changed Music in Eighteenth-Century France and How Musical Instruments Had to Keep Up with the Times 

by Bruce Teter and Arthur Omura [September 2018]

Volume 43

   READ NOW    Madrigals in their Natural Habitat: Performance Practices of the St. George Early Music Ensemble by John H. Smith, IV [August 2018]

   READ NOW    Recorder Doubling for the Working Musician by David A. Levy [July 2018]

   READ NOW    Thomas Selle in Hamburg by Frederick K. Gable, Ph.D. [June 2018]

   READ NOW    Welcome to all the Pleasures! Bach Collegium San Diego at 15 by Ruben Valenzuela, Ph.D. [May 2018]

   READ NOW    The Joy of Making Music by  J. Winthrop Aldrich [April 2018]

   READ NOW    Francesco's Gigue, Historically Inspired Fiction by Lindsey Strand-Polyak, Ph.D. [March 2018]

   READ NOW    Early Music or HIP?  Welcoming Beethoven to the Family by Alexandra Opsahl  [February 2018]

   READ NOW    Back from Belgium: The Festival van Vlaanderen, Brugge by Lia Starer Levin, Ph.D. [January 2018]

   READ NOW    The Origins of the Unaccompanied Violoncello Repertoire by Alexa Haynes-Pilon, D.M.A. [December 2017]

   READ NOW    The Excavation of Helen of Troy: Debuting 17th Century Opera for Modern Audiences by Terri Richter D.M.A. [November 2017]

   READ NOW    A Remarkable Sabbatical Trip by Ruta Bloomfled, D.M.A. [October 2017]

Volume 42

In Celebration of the Amateur… by Lindsey Strand-Polyak [June 2017]

Ladies' Love and Language: Another Look at Madrigals by Maddalena Casulana by Marylin Winkle [May 2017]

On Composition by Killian Drake [April 2017]

The Affect of Affekt in J.S. Bach's Aria with Thirty Variations by Ruta Bloomfield, D.M.A. [March 2017] 

1517 -- A Watershed Musical Year by Prof. Adam Knight Gilbert [February 2017]

Musical Offering by Kathleen McIntosh [January 2017]

Exemplary Rameau: His Code de Musique Pratique (1760) and the Craft of Musical Communication by Dr. Mark Howard [December 2016] 

Bethlehem's Enduring Bach Festival: GPS for the Soul by Laurence Vittes [November 2016]

Beauty, Truth, Horses, and Music by Dr. Danielle Rosaria Nahas [October 2016] 

Five Little Notes: The Baroque Tenor Recorder as a Solo Instrument by John L. Robinson [September 2016]

Volume 41

A Slave to Love and Passion: Dido's Message to Aristocracy by Nathan Dougherty [June 2016]

Anner Bylsma and Bach by Allen Whear [May 2016] 

An Overlooked Revolution: Text Painting and the Contenance Angloise in Two Tudor Tunes from the Fayrfax Manuscript by Stacey Helley [April 2016]

Problems of "Authenticity" in Josquin Scholarship by Alexandra Grebarchuck [March 2016]

Iberian Renaissance by Nicole Baker [February 2016]

A Quick Guide by Vicente Chavarria [January 2016]

Being an Amateur Musician - Fifteen Views by Lynne Ludeke [December 2015] 

Three Players and the Clavier Ubung by Kathleen McIntosh [November 2015]

Old Wine in New Bottles by Rick Dechance [October 2015]

J.S. Bach's Aria with Thirty Variations by Rita Bloomfield [September 2015]

Volume 40

Liquid Architecture:  Music from the Golden Age of Polyphony by Peter Rutenberg [June 2015]

Early Music D-I-Y: Flos Campi at 4 by Vicente Chavarria [May 2015] 

Early Baroque Monody by Stacey Helley [April 2015] 

The Brief, Wondrous Life of Italian Opera in Baroque France by Nathan Dougherty [March 2015] 

French Baroque Courtly Women During the Time of Absolutism: Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre & Julie Pinel by Marischka Olech Hopcroft [February 2015] 

Puebla, 1750: A Cathedral at a Crossroad by Vincente Chavarria, USC [January 2015]

17th Century Continuo Basics for Non-Continuo Players by Alexandra Opsahl [December 2014]

The Long Road to LARO by Lia Starer Levin [November 2014] 

Monteverdi: Renaissance Master by Nichole Baker [October 2014]

Volume 39

Chiaroscuro in Renaissance Choral Music by Peter Rutenberg [June 2014]

Interpreting the 16th and 17th Century English Broadside Ballad by Bianca Hall [May 2014]

The Tudors and Their Music by Nicole Baker [April 2014] 

The Music of Orlando di Lasso by Stephen Grimm [March 2014]

Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra by Martin Haselböck [February 2014]

Editorial Musings by Bill Griffin [January 2014]

The Man Behind the Curtain — Curtis Berak by Lynne Ludeke [December 2013]

The Arpicordo and it's Repertoire by Ian Pritchard [November 2013]

Adoramus te, Christe: The Conception of a Program of Sacred Music by Bianca Hall [October 2013]
Evolution of the Violin Through the Baroque Era by Cynthia Roberts [September 2013]

Volume 38

A Festival of Madrigals and Motets by Peter Rutenberg [June 2013]
The Performance Practice of the Monteverdi Vespers: A Performer's Perspective by Alexandra Opsahl [May 2013]
Treatise Tattlings or: How to Make the Evolution of the Basso Continuo into a 'Ripping Yarn' by Marischka O. Hopcroft [April 2013]
The Birth of Baroque Music, or My Big Fat Greek Monody by Marisa Rubino [March 2013]
The Rebirth of the Madrigal Feast by John Smith IV [February 2013]
Viola d'Amore, An Amateur's Perspective by Daniel Geiger [January 2013]
J.S. Bach's 12 Days of Christmastide by Chad J. Miner [December 2012]
Les Suprises Baroques: A Ground Round Surprise by Elizabeth Blumenstock [November 2012]
Music at the Court of Frederick the Great by Preethi de Silva [October 2012]
French Renaissance Dance: What Makes it Great by Prof. Emma Lewis Thomas and Bruce Teter [September 2012]

Volume 37

Assumptions in Early Music by Lynne Ludeke [June 2012]
In Search of Context by John H. Smith IV [May 2012]
Foundation of Les Surprises Baroque by Inga Funck [April 2012]
Vivaldi — The Priest, The Man by Alex Mendez [March 2012]
Gabrieli in San Marco by Alexandra Opsahl [February 2012]
A European Early Music Festival Tour by Laurence Vittes [December 2011]
Music of the Masters by Laura Spino [November 2011]
The Ospedale della Pieta by Alexander Mendez [October 2011]
Putting on a Concert: What You Don't Know if You're Not a Musician by Lynne Ludeke [September 2011]

Volume 36

LARO Bridges Centuries Musically with "Introspection" Concert by Thomas Axworthy [June 2011]
Bold, Fearless, Good, & Fair: A Musical History of the Valois Dukes of Burgundy by Peter Rutenberg [May 2011]
SCRS April Gala Benefits Early Music by Connie Koenenn [April 2011]
Musica Angelica's Concertmaster, Illia Korol by Lynne Ludeke [March 2011]
Searching for Musical Moments by Steve Padilla [February 2011]
Jim Tyler - A Departed Early Music Leader and Friend by Zak Ozmo and L. Rogers [January 2011]
Bernard de Bury: In a Distinguished Line of Harpsichordists to the King of France by Ruta Bloomfield [November 2010]
Homage to Bach: Music for Violin and Harpsichord by Preethi de Silva [October 2010]
¡Feliz Quincentenario, Antonio! Celebrating the 500th Anniverary of the Birth of Antonio de Cabazón by Jennifer Sayre [September 2010]

Volume 34 / 35

Happy Anniversary Monteverdi: LARO Celebrates the Composer's "1610 Vespers" by Connie Koenenn [June 2010] 
Orlando from the Beyond by Peter Rutenberg [May 2010] 
Simple Gifts by Lynne Ludeke [April 2010] 
Shirley Robbins - Mentor and Teacher by Steve Padilla [March 2010] 
The Polish Renaissance Rediscovered by Marek Zebrowski & Krysta Close [January 2010] 
The Rise of Russian Secular Music in the 18th Century: Winged Cupids, Coachmen, and Mosquitos by Alex Mendez [December 2009]Making an Aquitanian Polyphonic Versus by Rick Dechance [October 2009] 

Members CLICK HERE for online musical examples from Rick Dechance's October 2009 chant article!
Russian Women Composers at the Court of Catherine the Great: A Hidden Women's Tradition by Anne Harley [September 2009]

Volume 33

The Musical Legacy of Henry VIII by Peter Rutenberg [June 2009]

Gregorian Chant As Music by Rick Dechance [May 2009] 

Members CLICK HERE for online musical examples from Rick Dechance's May 2009 chant article!
Dido and Aeneas by Peter Rutenberg [April 2009] 
Finding the Right Key… Fingering Systems Differ for Early Woodwind Instruments by Steve Padilla [March 2009] 
John Leicester Led the Way for Southern California Early Music Growth by Rick Dechance [February 2009] 
The Ospedale della Pieta by Alexander Mendez [January 2009] 
Dancing with The Stars of 1476 and 1588 by Emma Lewis Thomas [December 2008] 
Performance Practice Police at the Movies by Adam Gilbert [November 2008] 
75 Years Young -- Welcome Bach! by Curtis Rhodes [October 2008]

Volume 32

The Rise of Vivaldi: A Surprising Set of Sources that Helped by Alexander Mendez [June 2008] 
Hidden Treasures: The Sacred Songs of Francisco Guerrero by Joseph Sargent [May 2008] 
The Use of Ornamentation in Baroque Opera by Eric Schneeman [April 2008] 
Printing Technology and Music by Joshua Grayson [March 2008] 
Extending the Holiday Early Music Season: Jouyssance and LARO plan January concerts by Connie Koennen [January 2008] 
Cellists (especially Baroque cellists) Beware! by Laurence vittes [December 2007] 
From Jamestown to the Revolution: Two Centuries of British and American Music by Peter Rutenberg [November 2007] 
Playing the Recorder: ARS makes a visit to Southern California by Connie Koennen [October 2007]

Volume 31

Jamming Baroque Style by Adam Gilbert [May 2007] 
Birds of Feather: the Start of "Jealous Nightingale Baroque" by David Barnett [April 2007] 
"Behold what noise is this I hear?": Popular Music and the Broadside Ballad 
in 17th- & 18th-Century England by Vanessa L. Rogers [February 2007] 
Jane Austen's World of Music by Juliann Baird [January 2007] 
Profile: Adam Gilbert by Sin-Yin Mak [November 2006] 
The B-Minor Enigma by Alexander Ruggieri [October 2006] 
Padilla: The Pride of Puebla by Peter Rutenberg [September 2006]


Volume 30

Renaissance Devotions by Kathia Ibacache [June 2006] 
A Bit of Harpsichord History by Sally Mosher [May 2006] 
Ballad Opera by Vanessa Rogers [April 2006] 
Honors Event for the Southern California Divas by Connie Koenenn [March 2006] 
What was Monteverdi Thinking? by Kathia Ibacache [February 2006]

Volume 29

Lully and Charpentier: True Music Rivaly by Susanne Dunlap [May 2005] 
Irma Rogell Remembers Landowska by Connie Koenenn [March 2005] 
Continuing Michael Eagan's Legacy by Connie Koenenn [January 2005] 
Cappella Romana and the Music of Byzantium edited by Mark Powell from Maria Boyer's essay [November 2004]

Volume 28

Musica Humana Oxford: Reminiscences of a Former Southern Californian by Dana Marsh [December/January 2003]
Making Period Instruments by John Speak [October/November 2003]

Volume 27

Cappella Celebrates a Decade of Music-Making by Peter Rutenberg [April/May 2003] 
Rebel? Is that some kind of heavy metal garage band? by John Moran [February/March 2003] 
Messiah again? Yes, and two thumbs up! by Martin Neary [December/January 2003] 
Baroque LA by Michael Eagan [October/November 2002]

Volume 26

Sketches of Spain by Catherine Weary [Summer 2002] 
The 18th Century German Oboe Band: Civic Music for Entertainment by Dr. Marianne Pfau [April/May 2002] 
Monteverdi's Lament: A look at two ground-breaking works by il divino Claudio by Shanon P. Zusman [February/March 2002] 
Halcyon Days: Music at the Courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I by Sally E. Mosher [December/January 2003] 
EMA "Star-Spangled Season" by William Skeen [October/November 2001]

Volume 25

Medieval Song with The Boston Camerata by Barbara Shuwarger [Summer 2001] 
Nun Other Than... by Susan Judy [May 2001] 
A New Look at Barbara Strozzi by Denise Briesé [April 2001] 
Notes from the Front - A Pilgrim's Progress: Reflections on a Career in Early Music by Drew Minter [March 2001] 
Handel's Joshua by John Ostendorf [February 2001] 
The Making of a Baroque Ballet, Medea by Judith Chazin-Bennahum [January 2001] 
Early Music - Modern Thinking - Fact and Ficta: Some thoughts for performers by Dana Marsh [December 2000] 
The Other Side of Bach: A Brief Look at His Secular Cantatas by David Wilson [November 2000] 
The Birth of Opera by Tim Carter [October 2000] 
Back from Berkeley by Lia Starer Levin [September 2000]

Volume 24

The Countertenor by Gregory Maldonado [Summer 2000] 
Music of Angels by Vicki Bell [May 2000] 
Soulfood for the 21st Century by Jeffrey Johnson [April 2000] 
Josquin Desprez and a Possible Portrait of the Ottoman Prince Jem in Cappella Sistina Ms. 41 by Dawson Kiang [March 2000] 
Aspects of Love: Musical Expression in the Baroque Era by Michael Eagan [February 2000] 
The "Case" of George Frideric Handel by William A. Frosch, M.D. [January 2000] 
Handel's Messiah Through the Centuries by Patrick N. Findlay [December 1999] 
Musica Baltica by Reinhard Goebel [November 1999] 
A Short Discource: Church Music of the Neapolitan School by David Wilson [October 1999] 
Possible Renaissance Renaissance at Cal State by Northridge Daniel Kessner [September 1999]

Volume 23

Le Retour: The Chatfield Years Denise Briesé [Summer 1999] 
Court Politics and Public Celebrations: The Genesis of Handel's Birthday Ode and Coronation Anthem by Graydon Beeks [May 1999] 
Some Thoughts on Johann Adolf Hasse's Tercentenary by Anne Desler [April 1999] 
Bach: A Changing Image and a Memoir by Alan Rich [March 1999] 
Passion Realized: The Baroque Cello (reprint of Feb. 1997 Mark Chatfield article with additional in memoriam features) [February 1999] 
Northern Elevation by Denise Briesé [January 1999] 
'I did think I did see all Heaven before me' Julian Herbage [December 1998] 
The Baroque Violin by Andrew Manze [November 1998] 
Brides of Christ: Hildegard of Bingen, Saint Teresa of Avila, Sor Juana Ines De La Cruz (New Spain) by Barbara Kraft [October 1998] 
The Trial of Nikolaus Harnoncourt Richard D. McFalls [September 1998]

Volume 22

Handel: Acis & Galatea by Robert King [July/August 1998] 
Ferrari's Samson and Delilah, an American Première by Alan Curtis [June 1998] 
Music of the Mexican Baroque by Craig H. Russell [May 1998] 
Our Musical Heritage as Californians: Part 2 by Eric Greening [May 1998] 
Our Musical Heritage as Californians: Part 1 by Eric Greening [April 1998] 
Rhetorical Figures in Bach's Magnificat in D by Thomas Somerville [March 1998] 
War Memories by Daniel Thonon [February 1998] 
The Way-Back Laryngoscope by Peter Rutenberg [January 1998] 
The House of the First Hallelujah by Stanley Sadie [December 1997] 
Troubadours and the Art of Courtly Love by Mark Davenport [November 1997] 
Vocal Music of Dieterich Buxtehude by Edward Murray [October 1997] 
A Preface to Early Tudor Polyphony: 15th Century Trends and Developments by Dana Marsh [September 1997]

Volume 21

Italian Jazz, circa 1600 by James G. Lidgett [July/August 1997] 
"L'histoire du violone" by Denise Briesé [June 1997] 
Claudio Monteverdi in His Letters by Giulio M. Ongaro [May 1997] 
Medieval Church Drama of Easter by Deborah Smith [April 1997] 
Carolan's Harp by Andrew Lawrence-King [March 1997] 
Passion Realized: The Baroque Cello by Mark Chatfield [February 1997] 
A Renaissance Reconstruction by David Douglass [January 1997] 
Ten Years of Early Music at USC by Larry Allen [December 1996] 
Performance Practice and the Viola da Gamba in Italian Instrumental Ensemble Music of the 16th Century by Joëlle Fancher Morton [November 1996] 
Musicians, Madrigals, Marriages, Women and Opera: The Mantuan Court of Vincenzo Gonzaga, 1587-1612 by Mark Davenport [October 1996]

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