Lecture: How the Early Music Movement changed classical music
August 28 at 6:30 pm at Lunt Auditorium at OceanView
In 1829, Felix Mendelssohn organized and conducted a performance of selections from a forgotten masterpiece, J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion. The concert was a seminal event for what we now call the early music movement, which aimed to revive the music and performance practices of past centuries.
Over time, early music repertoire joined the mainstream. A byproduct of that evolution was that composers and performers began to adopt early music methodologies (and instrumentation) to later repertoires. Colby College’s Timothy Burris will provide an overview of that evolution, from Roger Norrington's recordings of the Beethoven symphonies to Jonathan Dove's L'altra Euridice, an opera in one act for baritone and (predominantly) baroque instruments.