Getting to Know Medieval Instruments

One of the most interesting things about the Newberry Consort is the fact that we get to play so many different kinds of instruments depending on the time period that we’re focusing on in each concert. Some of the early instruments we play are recognizable and have...
Music from the World of Copernicus – Part 2 of 3

Music from the World of Copernicus – Part 2 of 3

Continuing in our series of program notes and historical background for our upcoming concerts, by Thomas Zajac. Medieval Music We will begin the first half of the program with two chants that are rather well known to Polish audiences, Gaude Mater Polonia, and Ortus de...
A work in progress…

A work in progress…

We’ve completed day 2 of rehearsal, and find ourselves at once elated, frustrated, moved, and challenged!  What a repertoire – exquisitely beautiful, fiendishly difficult, and endlessly fascinating. We’ve been unknotting rhythmic kinks, drawing on...
Medieval Strings Part II:  Plucks

Medieval Strings Part II: Plucks

The Wonderful World of Medieval Stringed Instruments:  Part II Plucked stringed instruments also abounded in the Middle Ages. The most popular one was without a doubt the harp.  Our idea that angels play harps came from the many depictions of the instrument in...
David Douglass on Medieval Strings

David Douglass on Medieval Strings

The Wonderful World of Medieval Bowed Strings By David Douglass   When I first held a medieval stringed instrument in my hands I felt I had entered a whole new world, one full of adventure and promise. My, how different it was!  The year was 1972, I was in the...

Singing in French: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

First off, I have to say I LOVE singing in French.  This is crazy, because in voice studios we are taught that French is one of the hardest languages to sing – and then there’s the grammar! But whether it’s because French was my first foreign language, or...