Tag Archives: Early Music

Explorations and Indulgences (ii)

Since I wrote my last blog posting further rehearsal and study of Croce’s mass has revealed yet more issues with its text – tempo relationships, accidentals etc etc – though we like it more and more. Do come and hear it. We may never do it like this again!

If that piece is an exploration, I must admit that there is an element of personal indulgence in the rest of the programme. Heinrich Schütz was the first non-English ‘early’ composer with whose music I got to grips, inspired by the pioneering work of Roger Norrington who remains one of my heroes. Continue reading


Summer Reflections, Autumn (and beyond) Anticipations

When I was a teacher the Summer break (never use the phrase ‘Summer Holiday’ to a teacher – it isn’t) was for reviewing and preparation. I’ve found this habit hard to break, not that I’ve particularly wanted to do so. However, this year’s pause in Ripieno activities was a welcome one as last year we didn’t really stop but were busy filming, and then preparing for our memorable week in Barcelona.

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