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The Modernist Legacy

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A Brief Reference from Gryphon...

« on: December 24, 2011, 01:02:43 PM » A brief reference is made to DM...

The clich? goes that in the early seventies a student at the Royal College of Music in London started to grow his hair long, wear flared trousers and go on to become the key creative force behind a classic progressive rock group. Where the story diverges for Richard Harvey and Brian Gulland is that the progressive rock group they formed was originally a folk group who occasionally performed pieces of early music on medi?val instruments.
The debut album for Gryphon sees the group performing a series of folk songs with a couple of early music standards and two original compositions thrown in. Being a fan of both early music and English folk, it was therefore a bit of a surprise to me that I took so long to appreciate this album. The reason is that they don't sit in either world comfortably. Of their contemporaries, Steeleye Span performed popular folk better and David Munrow's contributions to early music w…

Christopher Hogwood References to Munrow........

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« on: February 10, 2009, 11:57:10 AM » These are some references from the net to certain happenings with Hogwood, and DM. The following seems to do with their experiences in Czechslovakia..

I (Hogwood) used to do some translating for Kricka, the son of the composer, a very elegant man, who ran the Supraphon records. I met Milan Munclinger and his group, Venhoda ... At Christmas. David Munrow came to see me--he was very interested to see what was happening here and they all came to talk to him because he was already quite known for medieval music playing. So we did a little show on radio, It was very mutual exchange.

ref  There are many things to finish: interview with Chistopher Hogwood.

Czech Music,01-JUL-03,Brezina, Ales.

This little show on radio may be the same one which DM mentioned in a letter to someone in authority in the BBC, and which appeared in Humphrey Carpenters book entitled Envy of the World if I recall correctly.


Kelvin Hall, Glasgow- 1974

« on: September 07, 2007, 09:11:23 PM »/Beechcomber I started off listening to David Munrow and The Early Music Consort of London in the very early 70’s.  The first recording I heard was his Two Renaissance Dance Bands.  From then on I bought whatever became available.

In 1974 I went to see the full consort in action in the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow and the atmosphere was absolutely electric.  The concert started off with Munrow looking out of a side curtain at the side of the stage (presumably to see if any technician etc was fiddling about with the mics) and, when he found that the coast was clear, he raced up the few stairs onto the stage and started to play a Danse Royale with his bagpipes.  One by one he was joined by other members of the small consort who all played individual pieces on Crwth (Oliver Brookes), Citole (James Tyler) Harpsichord (Christopher Hogwood) and finished off with James Bowman singing to their accompaniment.  Just before the interval Bowman was accompanied by …

Memory of David as a Teenager

« on: June 16, 2014, 01:29:07 PM » My memory of the exact years I knew David is not good.  It was certainly between 1955 and 1959. I first met him at one of the monthly meetings of the Birmingham branch of the Society of Recorder Players, at the Martineau Teachers Centre on Bristol Road, Birmingham.  We both lived in Moseley and four or five of us teenagers, including David, met to play at my flat in School Road. Our repertoire was limited to a few Schott publications. I remember an SRP members' concert at Birmingham with Dr Walter Bergmann in the audience, at which three us of played, with David on the bassoon. I lost all contact with David when I went away in 1959 to do my National Service, as a gunner.  I wish I could remember more! Barry Cooper/ David Munrow Forum

The Art of Re-Enchantment

The "Old" Hobbit Music for a BBC Radio Series

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The following is some details from the radio series of the Hobbit. David Cain wrote the music, and Munrow and his consort performed it.

I had contact with Cain a long time ago. He claimed that David Munrow nearly killed himself on a dish of curry!   RS

Music by David Cain/Ref source Discogs
David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London play music by David CainThe Hobbit - Hajji Baba - The Jew of Malta - Much ado about nothing
The Early Music Consort of London - David Munrow, dir.
BBC records REC 91S [LP] Contents:David Cain: The Hobbit
Opening And Bilbo's ThemeElves' DancesBilbo's LullabyFanfare And Dance In Esgaroth
James Morier (t) / David Cain (m): Hajji Baba
Zeenab And HajjiBrigands' SongIn TeheranHajji's DanceLove Is No Rare CommodityI Weighed Thy BeautyKing Hajji
Christopher Marlowe (t) / David Cain (m): The Jew of Malta
OpeningNight On The CanalThe MarketCome Live With MeBellimira's RevelsThe Monastery
William Sh…