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Bio from Grove's Dictionary of Music, and used as an Intro to the David Munrow Papers at RAM

Scope And Content (RAM, or the Royal Academy of Music) A performance-centred archive, largely comprising files of music that relate to concerts given by the Early Music Consort of London (founded and directed by David Munrow) and to their audio recordings. In addition, the archive contains Munrow's scores and arrangements for television and film productions, as well as some radio scripts. Material relating to Munrow, Instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (1976), and some correspondence, is also included. Biographical History David John Munrow (1942-1976), an early woodwind instrumentalist, with a particular expertise in the baroque recorder, is best remembered as a pioneering exponent of early music. Through his founding of the Early Music Consort of London, which performed a range of music that had remained largely unheard for centuries, Munrow developed a broad audience for music from the medieval period through to the late baroque, played on authe

Music of the Gothic Era

Notre Dame Period (c.1160-c.1250) Organa by Leonin and Perotin Ars antiqua (c.1250-c.1320) Codex Bamberg Motets and instrumental pieces from the Codex Montpellier Ars nova (c.1320-c.1400) Roman de Fauvel ; Codex Ivrea Motets by Machaut and the Codex Chantilly Recorded in 1975. Includes full texts with English translations. Review from THE FLYING INKPOT The Early Music Consort of London directed by David Munrow DEUTSCHE GRAMOPHON Archiv Produktion Codex 453 185 2 discs [67'16" + 72'04"] mid-price reissue by Chia Han-Leon "Music of the Gothic Era" traces the history of polyphonic music based on plainsong (single line of vocal melody, in free rhythm, whose highest form is Gregorian chant) from the early 12th to the end of the 14th centuries. The first disc begins with four organa duplum of the Notre Dame Period by the 12th century French composer LĂ©onin , who lived c.1135-c.1201. He is known only from the writings of an English theori