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Posted by: AmateurPlayer Posted on: May 7th, 2003, 1:15am
I just read an article about early music in a magazine called "Muse".  You may not have heard of "Muse", especially if you have no one between the ages of 10 and 18 in your house, but it is an excellent offering from the Smithsonian museum and the publishers of "Cricket".
Anyway, the article itself is quite serious about early music, in a jokey way which appeals to teenagers (and many others).  There is a description of lutes, shawms, cornetts, sackbutts, a hurdy gurdy, and the broken consort.  Recorders appear in a picture of a consort, from sopranino to bass.  There are old paintings of musicians in their natural setting and photos of modern players of old instruments, with historical costume or regular dress.
It was written by a member of the trio Diabolus in Musica which does authentic music on reproductions of old instruments for weddings and parties, dinners at castles, etc.  They also build instruments.
On their website, they include some nice long audio clips, which are unfortunately very distorted (unless that's just my system).  I think they blow too hard on their recorders, but the loud instruments sound good (imagining them without distortion, of course). www.diabolus.org
To summarize, look up the article in the May/June 2003 Muse and use it to educate others, and maybe look at Diabolus In Music's website.  Also try looking at other sites in the Early Music Network.

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