Review of The Musette conference by Andrea Kirkby The musette is an anomaly in the piping world; an ‘elite’ art-music instrument, forever identified with the nobility of the court of Louis XIV at Versailles. It may present itself as a pastoral instrument, but it has as much to do with real sheep and shepherds as Florence Foster Jenkins did with bel canto. The musette had been lost from sight after the French Revolution - arguably, it was already obsolete by the time the ancien régime caved in - until Jean-Christophe Maillard rediscovered the instrument and its repertoire, and Rémy Dubois started making copies of original instruments.Read more »
Dear All This year’s blowout will be held online! Click here for more details. Let’s look forward to making up for this next year at Blowout 2022 (10 to 12 June) 😀 Stay healthy! Ian Chanter Spring 2021 The Spring 2021 edition of Chanter has been published. Read all about it. Chanter Winter 2016 The Winter 2016 edition of Chanter has been published. It’s the second edition to be published through the new website, and members can read it online.Read more »
AK: You’ve done a lot of work in what you could call it the archaeology of sound. On the one hand we find traces in written sources, like the treatises of Quantz and Hotteterre… on the other hand recordings of the last generation of cabrette players. But can you apply what’s written in classical/early music texts to traditional music? And do you find the same kinds of articulation, ornamentation and phrasing in early 20th century traditional music that you do in the music of the baroque?Read more »
Spotlight on … Eric Montbel in conversation with Andrea Kirkby *AK: First of all, I would like to ask somewhat philosophical questions …. For me as a British resident living in France, it’s surprising to find traditional music in conservatoires, to see a classical pianist rub shoulders with the jazz saxophonist and the traditional accordion player in the corridors (and without snubbing them!). When did the teaching of ‘other’ music start in France?Read more »
Images to follow Duo Macke-Bornauw’s second CD (after 2016’s It’s Baroque to my Ears) continues the couple’s reinvention of the baroque, mixing traditional pipe tunes with early music in a way that might shock HIP purists but refreshes the parts some performances never reach. Pipes (Breughel pipes and musette de cour) and accordion make a true combination of equals, with voetbas (foot-played accordion) adding deeper support. The combination of free reeds and bagpipe reeds works excellently, with at times almost a fairground organ sonority, at other times a much more pipes-forward edginess.Read more »
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