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Old Music Monday: Voces Thules and the music of Medieval Iceland

I’m going to Iceland next week.  I first went there in 2012, just for a few days, at the suggestion of several friends who had visited and loved it.   647 more words


The devil's music: Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa

Dissonant. Disgusting. Violent. Strident.

These were some of the adjectives used in the 19th century to describe the music of Carlo Gesualdo, also known as Gesualdo da Venosa, a late Renaissance composer from Southern Italy. 860 more words

Carlo Gesualdo

Post July 2015 Conference roundup

The first three weeks of July have been a whirlwind of musicological activity, starting with hosting Graeme Boone for his great talk on music and emotions in the early songs of Du Fay for the… 647 more words

Conference Papers

Thomas Tallis: Spem in Alium

Tallis’ most famous work, most famously recorded by the Tallis Scholars:

The text (from ChoralWiki):

Spem in alium nunquam habui præter in te, Deus Israel: 83 more words


Beauty in a world of darkness (Tallis & Black Mirror)

Yesterday morning, I decided to watch the first episode of the Channel 4 programme Black Mirror at the recommendation of a friend. There is a synopsis here on IMDB… 664 more words


A Series of Firsts, Part II

In this day and age, I am not convinced a composer can make a career out of simply composing music.  At least, not “classical” music in the western concert music tradition.   1,434 more words


An early afternoon concert with the Early Byrds Consort

With the summer holidays looming up, the performing arts season 2014 – 2015 is drawing to a close. Not that there will be no performances; their number dwindles and their character changes. 603 more words