* Featured Sites *
Imaginario / Scarlatti Sonatas by Patrice Mathews, harpsichord.
Learn more about Patrice Mathews and her album - Teatro
Imaginario / Scarlatti Sonatas. As soloist and chamber musician, Patrice Mathews is widely known in the field of Early Music, and her playing is noted for its fluency and emotional power. Her interest in Baroque music led her to the historically-informed San Francisco area. Teatro Imaginario is her first solo harpsichord recording. You can even preview her album online!
British Harpsichord Society
The British Harpsichord Society promotes the awareness, enjoyment, study, performance and ownership of harpsichords and related plucked keyboard instruments in Britain. Our aim is to create more public awareness, dispel negative myths and get more people enjoying and playing the harpsichord.
One of America's leading ensembles in vocal chamber music. Best known for its interpretation of medieval
and Renaissance a cappella music, with Gregorian
Chant as the keystone of its repertoire.
The ensemble also collaborates with instrumental
ensembles, dance companies, and contemporary composers.
Their third CD, "Palestrina: Soul of Rome" has just
been released on the Koch label and is starting
to garner rave reviews.
The National Centre
for Early Music in the UK
Featuring a world-class venue for the performance
and study of early music. Located at the newly restored
medieval church of St Margaret's, Walmgate, York.
Spotlighting Early Music events in Scotland with
dates, locations, phone numbers, program and performers.
Promotes the understanding and enjoyment of early
music and historically informed performance. It
focuses ultimately on the audiences for early music,
seeking to increase their numbers and also their
understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of early
The Palladian Ensemble
The Palladian Ensemble is firmly established on
the international stage as one of the very best
chamber groups performing baroque repertoire. The
ensemble is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Guildhall
School of Music & Drama in London, where it combines
individual and ensemble coaching with public performances.
Demonstrations of early musical instruments. Lots
of background information about early musical instruments
including sound clips and photographs.
Bernard D. Sherman's
Performance Practice Website
Featuring excerpts from the book Inside Early Music,
plus 17 articles on classical music and performance
by Bernard Sherman reprinted from The New York Times,
Early Music, and many other publications.
Early Music by
Innovative, historically-Informed and multi-cultural.
Performing eight centuries of music from four continents.
Experts at creating a synthesis of living and historic
traditions. Hesperus members are as comfortable
with a medieval estampie as a 1950s Chicago blues;
a haunting Inca flute tune as an early Celtic air;
a Renaissance dompe as an Appalachian breakdown.
Médiévale de Paris
Activités de l'association pour le développement
de la pratique des musiques du moyen âge.
The Oriana Singers
Chicago's Vocal Chamber Ensemble
The Oriana Singers is an a cappella music ensemble
that performs just with the voice. They began during
the early music heyday back in 1979 in Chicago.
The Oriana Singers now perform throughout the midwest
and tour internationally.
Texas Early Music
Texas Early Music Project is a non-profit music
ensemble dedicated to preserving and advancing the
art of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early
Classical music through performance, recordings,
and educational outreach.
Early Music Site
Early Music is a term used to describe pre-Classical Western music. This means that Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music fall into this category. Because Early Music is so old, virtually all of it (except that protected by a statutory perpetual copyright in one or more Berne Convention signatories) has fallen into the public domain.
Short Description of Early Music
Medieval European music is music from the European middle ages which is generally divided into two periods the Ars Musica and the Ars Nova. Characteristics of the time are styles such as Plainsong, as well as basic polyphony in the later Ars Nova period. Music of the time is modal and difficult to listen to in an authetic way because of the modern ear's tendency to hear music in a diatonic context.
Classical music written during the Renaissance period, approximately 1450 to 1600 A.D.
It is characterized by the introduction of the interval of the third into European art music (in the Middle Ages, thirds had been considered dissonances: see interval), and the continued development of polyphony (Greek: many-voices). Masses, motets and other liturgical music was composed for churches; aristocrats and rich bourgeois sang, played and were entertained by secular songs for many voices or consort music for recorder or viol da gamba. Printing made music more widely available.
- Martin Agricola
- Jacques Arcadelt (also known as Jacob Arcadelt)
- Guillaume Dufay
- Carlo Gesualdo
- Orlandus Lassus (also known as Orlando di Lasso)
- Johannes Ockeghem
- Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
- Josquin des Prez
- Tomas Luis de Victoria
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Early Music Composers
- Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
- Alfonso X El Sabio (1221 - 1284)
- Guillaume de Machaut (1300-1377)
- Gilles Binchois (1400-1460) Masses
- Johannes Ciconia (1370-1412)
von Wolkenstein (1377-1445)
- Johannes Ockeghem (1410-1497)
- Giovanni Croce
- Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1662)
- Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
- Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
- Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)
Early Music Performers
with Web Sites
The Academy of Ancient Music
The Baltimore Consort
Baroque - The first Baroque orchestra established
in North America.
The Boston Camerata
- Unofficial Page
Ensemble - ECM Records
Majesties Sagbutts and Cornetts
Kirkby - Hyperion Records
San Diego Early Music Society
Musica Pacifica - performs baroque music on authentic instruments. The website contains information ... Biographies, schedule, CDs.
Oriana Singers - Vocal Chamber
- The Renaissance Band, performs lively, elegant music in Philadelphia and throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and South America.
of Voices, Paul Hillier, Director
of Texas Early Music Ensemble
Societies & Festivals
Amherst Early Music Festival
Boston Early Music Festival
Early Music Colorado
Early Music Guild of
Music New York City - Historical Performance in the NYC area. Here you'll find an up to date listing of concerts along with biographies of musicians and other information concerning the Early Music community in the NYC area.
Galway Early Music Festival
Society of Queensland
The Lute Society in the United States
The Lute Society in the UK
The Internet Lute Society
Société Française de Luth
Recorder and Early Music Page
University Early Music Society
& Early Music Societies - by N. Lander
Renaissance and Baroque Society
Diego Early Music Society
San Francisco Early Music
Valley Early Music Forum
Vancouver Early Music
Women's Early Music Web-Ring - Early Music Women Composers - Walk through history to the beat of women's early music and art!