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New Music for Early Instruments
NMC is excited to present a concert of new works performed entirely on instruments associated with “early music.” We’ll coax new sounds out of anachronistic keyboard instruments like harpsichord, clavichord, and portative organ; predecessors to orchestral strings such as viola da gamba and medieval vielle; and throwbacks to the middle ages like psaltery, recorder, and organistrum (the grandfather of the hurdy gurdy). These instruments existed in a world before the “common practice” period ofView more
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The program will set aside period music, in favor of four new works representing a wide range of instrumental history beginning roughly in the 12th century and ending at the start of the 17th century. Composers Brent Fariss, Jon Mayse, Andrew Stoltz and Travis Weller will coax new sounds and novel musical scales from these historical instruments. NMC looks forward to sharing music that, while created today, looks back to a time when a keyboard was “cutting edge” technology.
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