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(In Memoriam ... from a recent post from the Unquiet Thoughts blog (Donna Stweart & Ron Andrico, Mignarda))
Having stumbled across a few old letters from old friend and amazing fiddler, Jonathan Bekoff (1959 – 2015), amusingly tucked away in old issues of the journal Early Music, I am prompted to add a few more reminiscences – and also make available more tracks from our tune session way back in 1983. ...
(US) The New York Times Article: "Russell Oberlin, 88, Dies; Led Renaissance of Countertenor in U.S." (by Margalit Fox, 29 Nov 2016)
"Russell Oberlin, one of the 20th century’s most celebrated countertenors, whose voice was famed for an earthy robustness that belied the ethereal heights to which it could ascend, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 88.
His assistant, Zachary Stains, confirmed the death. ...
(US) Washington Post Article: "Neville Marriner, who led renowned Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, dies at 92" (by Tim Page, 02 Oct 2016)
"Neville Marriner, the British violinist-turned-conductor who founded the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and built it into one of the most popular and widely recorded chamber orchestras in the world, died Oct. 2. He was 92.
The academy announced the death in a statement on its website. No other details were immediately available. ...
(CA) The Star Article: "Robin Phillips led Stratford into a brave new world" (By: Richard Ouzounian Theatre Critic, 28 Jul 2015)
"On June 11, 1975, Robin Phillips forever changed the way we would look at Shakespeare.
The artistic director of the Stratford Festival, who died Saturday after a long illness at the age of 73, was in the middle of his first season when he staged a production of the problematic dark comedy Measure for Measure. ...
(US) Harmonia Early Music: "Tribute to Margaretha “Margriet” Tindemans" by LuAnn Johnson (Posted July 6, 2015)
(March 26, 1951 - December 31 2014)
"This hour, we’re paying tribute to Margaretha “Margriet” Tindemans, an early music pioneer and “ferociously talented” medieval fiddle player who passed away December 31, 2014. Margriet’s colleague and good friend, gambist Wendy Gillespie, shares a remembrance, and we’ll play music from a wide swath of Margriet’s career. ...
From a recent Nancy Carlin Associates newsletter, and, from the Lute Society of America Inc., the following news item ...
"As you may know, our friend, the lute teacher Pat O'Brien (1947-2014) passed away a few weeks ago. Pat's family has asked the New York Continuo Collective to arrange a memorial and music to celebrate his life and teaching. It will take place at 1:00 PM on September 13, 2014 in New York City at St. Luke Lutheran Church. The church is located at 308 West 46th Street (the South side of 46th street, just West of 8th Avenue). All are welcome.
EarlyMusicNews.org joins the early music world in commemorating the death and contribution of Mr. Frans Brüggen to the early music movement. He will be sorely missed by all of us. For more information of his passing, visit (UK) The Guardian website.
Organist, choir director and founder of The Renaissance Society
“In a musical career spanning over four decades Michael Howard influenced many hundreds of musicians, both amateur and professional. He holds a significant place in the history of the twentieth century revival of interest in pre-Baroque music.
Michael Howard was born in 1922 the son of Frank Howard a distinguished viola player who had been a founding member of Beecham's Philharmonic orchestra and player in Andre Mangeot's International String Quartet. His lifelong love of steam traction was sparked by the family home's proximity to the GWR ("God's Wonderful Railway") and to Walpole Park in Ealing which was used by the travelling fairgrounds. …
(NL) Semibrevity "A Blog About Early Music Pioneers" Article: "In Early Music, how famous is “famous enough”?"
(US) Unquiet Thoughts Blog (21 jan; 17 feb 2012): Remembering John Milton Ward, Musicologist (6 jul 1917-12 dec 2011)
In these two Mignarda blog posts, Ron & Don lay tribute to John Milton Ward who recently passed away on December 21, 2012.
“… The world of the lute has attracted people who share in common a fascination with trivial details concerning the geometry of the instrument, specialized playing techniques, string materials and the surviving historical sources of lute music. For the latter, we should all bow down and thank the brilliant 20th century scholars who have spent endless hours researching, analyzing, and codifying this surviving music in order to make it available to those of us who are inclined, with many drops of sweat, to reconstitute the dessicated old manuscript pages back into living, breathing music. …” (21 jan 2012, blog post)
(NL) Semibrevity "A Blog About Early Music Pioneers" Article: "Arnold Goldsbrough – Yorkshireman, organist, harpsichordist & conductor Part 1" (20 dec 2011)
From a recent blog post on the Semibrevity website.
“I mentioned in my post on Thurston Dart that I couldn’t find out much about Arnold Goldsbrough, who had been his teacher at the Royal College of Music 1938–9.
Since then I’ve tracked down Arnold’s son, now in his eighties, who has put me onto his dad’s surviving cronies and told me some stories. Through him, one way or another, I now have a great deal of previously unpublished material.
(NL) Semibrevity "A Blog About Early Music Pioneers" Article: "Gustav Leonhardt (1928–2012), the end of an era" (19 jan 2012)
“It’s so sad that Gustav Leonhardt is no more.
I first heard him, partnered by Frans Brüggen in a concert in St Albans. Since then, I’ve seen him many times and, apart from the extraordinary playing, have often been struck by the fact that he mostly used his own elegant manuscript scores, presumably copied from ancient tomes during his early years in Vienna.
(News of the passing of Gustav Leonhardt, yesterday, on 17 Jan 2012. He will be missed by all. -- All of our condolences to the family from all of us at EarlyMusicNews.org. -- Marc Paré, Editor)
Gustav Leonhardt (30 May 1928-17 Jan 2012)
“Throughout the second half of the 20th century, Gustav Leonhardt, who has died aged 83, was a pioneer and pillar of the early music movement. ”
(US) The New York Times: "Montserrat Figueras, Catalan Soprano, Dies at 69 (March 15, 1942 – November 23, 2011)" (By Zachary Woolfe 27 Nov 2011)
“Taking piano lessons at the Longy School in the early 1960s, Diane Goetz was certainly no stranger to the music of centuries past. Then she met Frank Hubbard, a craftsman who with his friend William Dowd was spurring a revival of the harpsichord.
"MARGARET F. HOOD, fortepiano and harpsichord designer and maker, died June 7, 2008. Margaret was born Nov. 19, 1937 in New York City and grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut. She graduated from The Greenwich Academy in 1954 and continued her education at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts where she pursued her interests in philosophy, religion and art. Upon graduation cum laude from Mt. Holyoke in 1958 Margaret continued the ...