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David Munrow: Tragic genius who brought early music to the masses

The short but brilliant life of David Munrow blazed a trail for his passion, says Ivan Hewett.

Maestro: in all, Munrow had command of 43 musical instruments Photo: G MacDomnic/Lebrecht Music & Arts/ By 6:05PM BST 23 May 2012/Telegraph The following as can be seen is an old article as the date indicates/ Blogger Ref  https://www.youtube.com/Searle8 For most of history, the territory of what people called music didn’t extend very far. It consisted, by and large, of the sounds and styles they grew up with. Anything else was a barbaric noise. Now, the territory seems endless. It stretches outwards to “ethnic” non-Western instruments and beyond them to electronic sound. And part of the reason we can stroll round this infinity with such insouciance is that a handful of explorers got there first. They mapped the territory, captured the sounds, and made them available to armchair explorers back home. One of these intrepid souls was David Munrow. His particular…