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Ritchie Blackmore, and the Munrow Connection

(Wikipedia) Legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore co-founded hard rock bands Deep Purple and Rainbow before making a dramatic switch in 1997 with the creation of Blackmore?s Night. Formed with his wife Candice Night, Blackmore?s Night is a Renaissance-influenced pop rock band. Fender News recently caught up with the esteemed guitarist ? Rolling Stone lists him as one of its ?100 greatest guitarists of all time? ? for the following Q&A? FN: As a founding member of Deep Purple and Rainbow, it?s very interesting that you have also become so successful in a totally different genre. When did you first feel an inclination towards Renaissance-inspired music? RB: I felt an inclination towards Renaissance inspired music ever since I heard the song ?Greensleeves? when I was 11 years old. And then again in 1972 when I heard David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London. I would always listen to this music at home or in the hotels on the road. I was fascinated by the sound of w

The UMS Concert Program, 1974

UMS Concert Program, April 13, 1974: The Early Music Consort Of London -- David Munrow Published In: UMS Concert Programs, Season XCV (1973-1974) Original Images: Date: April 13, 1974 Get PDF: ums/programs_19740413e.pdf

The Young Tradition

Image Unavailable Image not available for Colour:                                               Image Ref Amazon The Young Tradition were a British folk group of the 1960s, formed by Peter Bellamy , Royston Wood and Heather Wood . They recorded three albums of mainly traditional British folk music , sung in arrangements for their three unaccompanied voices. Contents  [ hide ]  1 Biography 2 Discography 3 References 4 External links Biography [ edit ] The Young Tradition was formed on 18 April 1965 by Peter Bellamy (8 September 1944 – 19 September 1991), Royston Wood (born 1935 died 8 April 1990) and Heather Wood (born Arielle Heather Wood, 31 March 1945, Attercliffe , Sheffield , Yorkshire ) (who was unrelated to Royston Wood). Most of their repertoire was traditional British folk music

The Genesis of the Early Music Shop

The Early Music Shop was run by Richard Wood, and the term "Early Music" in the title was originally suggested by David Munrow. It has played a vital, and pioneering role in the development of Early Music. Munrow himself was closely connected with it, especially in the recreation of "new" arcane instruments for his work. The Old H istory and the Legacy       Joe Wood   Joe Wood, organist and choirmaster of St. Paul's in Huddersfield, started his business in 1850 with the name of 'J Wood Music' selling pianos, and later sheet music.  By 1861 he was manufacturing pianos and his business was later named ‘J Wood’s Pianoforte & Harmonium Depot’. Around 1874, Joe took on his apprentice, and brother-in-law, Joshua Marshall as his partner and the shops were re-named ‘Wood & Marshall’. I n 1877 Wood extended his empire to Bradford, sending his son William to take over a music business already established there (d'Este's).

Multiple Munrows play the Double Pipes.....

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The Pentangle Connection

David Munrow, and his consort would appear to have done some work for the Pentangle group PS. Internet reference to the following which needs to be explored further if I have the time, and energy. Pentangle, The David Munrow Ensemble - Wondrous Love (LWT - Journey into Love 1971)

Gryphon: Blowing through the Ages

  ACKET... Rauschfeiffex... Shawn... Cornemuse . . . Hocket Hocket . . Crumhorn - what the hell are they? Some new kind of ice cream confection, or perhaps names or the conspirators against Hitler in the bomb plot?         No, they are all early music wind instruments.         Thanks to a number of musicians who have made them more and more popular in recent years, notably David Munrow and the medieval-style rock band, Gryphon, they have all been added to the repertoire of available sounds in pop in the past year or so.         It was hearing early music played by John Renbourn on his "Sir Johnalotof" album, and two recorded broadcasts by David Munrow, that turned Gryphon multi-instrumentalist Richard Harvey back on to his first instrument the recorder, and then on to all the rest of them.         "To get started on the recorder, you can use a tutor until you get the stage where you can think of a simple tune end then play it That's a sign that you need a really good

A Gig of a Liftetime

         David Munrow drew much of his inspiration from Michael Morrows Musica Reservata (for whom he worked for a time), and ofcourse Noah Greenberg. The following is a brief "review" note on the former.... Gig of a lifetime: Michael Nyman Laura Barnett Composer Michael Nyman on Musica Reservata, Festival Hall, early 1970s I was besotted with this group, and went to review them for The Spectator. They were performing motets by the early 17th century German composer Michael Praetorius, who is usually known for a bunch of poppy dance arrangements called Terpsichore. These, by contrast, were massive choral, orchestral works.. just thrilling. Musica Reservata were so different from other early musicians at the time. They were conducted by John Beckett, Samuel Beckett's cousin and run by a brilliant Irish self-trained musician called Michael Morrow. He was a rough bear of a man with a huge walrus moustache far from most clean-cut, Oxbridge, polite

The Question Why?

On other discussion sites dealing with music in general, or specialising in early music itself when the subject turns to Munrow people ask why he so tragically ended his life..This is understandable, and arguably we have the right to least the official story. Admitedly, what follows is from memory, but originates from a long article in a local High Wycombe (Bucks) newspaper. In it Mrs. Gillian Munrow at the Coroners Court claimed amongst other things that her husband did not have any financial, or health problems. The cause of his demise was arguably the death of his father (from cancer), and his father-in-law (a road accident). This had a "devastating effect" on him as she put it. I cannot recall whether Jasper Parrott. DMs agent was present, or not at the above coroners hearing. A statement was possibly read out. However, many people have wondered if there was more to it. Evidence seems to suggest so...There is one specific reason(s) why he may have done what

Carved in Ivory

Munrow briefly interviewed Kenneth Clarke  on Pied Piper. The former also along with Early Music Consort of London did some work for a documentary entitled Carved in Ivory.  Kenneth Clarke wrote, and narrated it. Ofcourse, recordings of the Early Music Consort have been used on a number of programmes (eg. if I recall correctly the Battaille at the end of the BBC  Its Royal Knock Out programme, and circa 1993 there was another BBC programme in which some  pieces from the Medieval Sound dealing the Grimms Faiytales were seemingly used) Carved in Ivory Series  Part  Date  1975 Director  Michael Gill Production Company  Synopsis  Examples of the work of British ivory carvers in the 7th to 12th centuries; filmed at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Huly 1974, and at Kilpeck Church, Herefordshire.. Minutes  24 min Choreographer  Full synopsis  ACE051.2 10:00:00 10:12:10 Credits. Carved ivory comb, Viking dragon head, gorgon head; other items. Commentary says this tradition of c

John Joubert Connection

John Joubert was born in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1927. After studying composition with W. H. Bell in Cape Town, he came to England in 1946 on a Performing Right Society Scholarship, and studied under Howard Ferguson at the Royal Academy of Music. He entered academic life as a university lecturer, and taught at both Hull and Birmingham Universities, becoming Reader in Music at Birmingham in 1969. Since his retirement from teaching in 1986 he has devoted his time exclusively to composition. His most recent large scale work is a Requiem, to be performed at the 2010 Three Choirs Festival.  The composer writes: This song-cycle was commissioned by the Royal Musical Association as part of its centenary celebrations in 1974. It was designed and written for David Munrow’s Early Music Consort of London, and first performed at Stationers’ Hall in the City of London in the November of that year. The artists taking part were James Bowman (countertenor), David Munrow (recorder), Oliver

The Elis Pekhonen Connection

Song of the Turtle Dove Vocal Chamber Alto Recorder, Counter-Tenor, Cello (9 mins) About Written to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of David Munrow, founder of Early Music Performances. Performances John Turner (Alto Recorder), Nicholas Clapton (Counter-Tenor), and Jonathan Price (Violoncello). Kendal Festival, Ambleside, Cumbria, August 19, 2006. John Turner (Alto Recorder), Nicholas Clapton (Counter-Tenor), and Jonathan Price (Violoncello). Cambridge Festival, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, October 27, 2006. John Turner (Alto Recorder), Nicholas Clapton (Counter-Tenor), and Jonathan Price (Violoncello). Greenwich Early Music Festival Opening Concert, St. Alfege Church, Greenwich, November 10, 2006. 13th Century Dances Orchestra (25 mins) Setting Settings of all the melodies made popular by David Munrow in the late 1960s, including Lamento di Tristano, and various Ductias and Estampies. With Brass Fanfares and Woodwind Plainsongs. Perform

Music in the Round/ A Consort of Crumhorns 1971

         The following is from Wikipedia. It is concerned with the ITV series of Music in the Round in which Munrow in April 1971 and his Early Music Consort were televised in a programme entitled A Consort of Crumhorns. David Coulter a television producer informed me that David Munrow appeared in the Aquarius programme. He described him simply as being "very nice."  Music In The Round Between April 1971 and November 1972, London Weekend Television recorded "Music In The Round" at the Cockpit. Presented by Humphrey Burton, the show included performances and interviews with leading musicians across a broad range of genres. Amongst talent showcased in the 22 episodes were The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (having already made the Cockpit their home), who were featured on 7 May 1972 and Marc Bolan on 23 April 1972. The Cockpit referred to here was in Marylebone Theatre, London.

A Memory of David Munrow (1977)

Peter Dickinson Publisher: Novello & Co A Memory of David Munrow (1977) Work Notes Wordless vocal lines Publisher Novello & Co Ltd Category Solo Voice(s) and up to 6 players Year Composed 1977 Duration 5 Minutes Soloist 2 Countertenors Programme Note Peter Dickinson A Memory of David Munrow (1977) Peter Dickinson wrote two works specially for David Munrow to perform and worked closely with him. Translations, for recorder, viola da gamba and harpsichord, dates from 1971, and Recorder Music, a virtuoso solo piece, from 1973. Munrow gave many performances of both pieces, and Recorder Music was included in The Art of the Recorder (EMI Records). A Memory of David Munrow was written for a BBC concert in Manchester at which Munrow was due to play, but he died tragically several months earlier. Thus the music is not a celebration of what he stood for, which might be appropriate now, but an elegy under the impact of shock. The se

Hinckley Music Club

History     The Hinckley Music Club was established in 1963 by a leading private piano teacher in the town, Miss Marjorie King. For the first four years the Club?s activities comprised weekly meetings in an upstairs room at the Plough Inn in Leicester Road for illustrated talks on a musical theme, occasionally interspersed with live performances by local musicians. It was in this context that two young musicians, David Munrow and Christopher Hogwood, approached Marjorie King in 1965 to ask if they might be engaged for a performance of their repertoire of ?old? music. A fee of ten guineas was agreed, and an ?Elizabethan Evening? of Tudor music was presented in the Old Cottages, Lower Bond Street (now the Hinckley Museum). This was the start of the memorable association between these artists and the Club. The occasion led to several return visits by David Munrow with his Early Music Consort, and in 1969 David became the Club?s first President.     In 1967 Arts Council funding became avai

Peter Dickinson : Translations

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- commissioned by David Munrow, Oliver Brookes & Christopher Hogwood Publisher Novello & Co Ltd Category Works for 2-6 Players Year Composed 1971 Duration 15 Minutes Orchestration rec.vadg.hpd Availability Hire  Explain this... -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Programme Note This work, in a single movement, was commissioned by David Munrow, Oliver Brookes and Christopher Hogwood for first performance at a concert at the Purcell Room on 20th February 1971. Its starting point was a series of chords playable on the treble recorder with an extra one played on a stopped descant. The expressive range of the instrument is thus extended and modern techniques of sul pont, col legno and others are applied to the gamba. I collaborated with the players in investigating these possibilities and found this most rewarding. Like Transformations, an orchestral work heard

The Clavicytherium....

         « on: February 11, 2009, 12:02:00 PM » I used to know someone called Alan Whear in Windsor. He used to have an instrument workshop behind the  barracks.  People, as they passed his place of business could see him working away on either creating a new instrument, or repairing old ones. He was brilliant craftsman But it was clear to me he was not really business minded, or else he could have gone far. I remember once visiting him, and like myself had a weakness for early music. He even suggested to me that perhaps in the future I would have a consort just like David Munrow. However, my interests were more towards philosophy, mathematics, metaphysics, psychical research, mysticism, et cetera....These have since absorbed me since those early days but I still love early music and it still has impact on my life. Anyway, I noticed in the local paper an article on Alan Whear whose pic was published holding his new creation a Clavicytherium. Unfortunately, I cannot recal

Turner, and Munrow.

          BACK TO GROUND Just about every child has a go at it since, after all, it?s only a toy?isn?t it? Such common perceptions of the recorder are hardly surprising: walk into any primary classroom and you are bound to find, somewhere, a collection of sticky, gummed up plastic recorders that would have the Health and Safety Executive down on the school like a ton of bricks. Yet, although in years gone by it was a popular, virtuoso instrument, its decline has largely gone unnoticed by the musical public, that is until one meets John Turner who, during his professional career as a top performer, has been at the forefront of its revival. John Woodford reports    I interviewed recorderist John Turner in his music room, an octagonal extension to his Manchester house that is topped by a wonderful weather vane folly, a fantasy that includes a viola da gamba, flying pegs, a recorder, and all sorts of other musical paraphernalia? ?I got it when I retired from the so

Pied Piper

      Pied Piper - A Celebration of Life & Work of David Munrow Diana Quick CD i **; Detailinformationen Werke von Casken, Wells, De Lantins, Pehkonen, Dustable, Joubert, Crosse u. a. Künstler: Narrater: Diana Quick Label: Cameo , DDD Bestellnummer: 5116386 Erscheinungstermin: 26.10.2009 Tracklisting Mitwirkende 1 Track 1 Start 2 Sequence (für Blockflöte und Glockenspiel) Start 3 Track 3 Start 4

The Stravinksy Connection....?

One member on this forum claimed that just before Ivor Stravinsky died in 1971 he had intended to write a piece for the Early Music Consort. How true this is I do not know. Perhaps, someone will know apart from my original contact....        Beachcomber          Re: The Stravinksy Connection..........? « Reply #1 on: February 01, 2010, 07:34:47 PM » I can remember reading something about this at the time.  Whether the fact that Munrow met Stravinsky and was sitting beside him at a concert of one of his works would need to be confirmed but I can remember something along those lines.  What I can recall was that Munrow was astonished to see Stravinsky following the work reading the score and, instead of following the melody he was following in an inner part, which to Stravinsky was more logical.

From Early Music America...Blog..

From Early Music America...Blog.. Tuesday, November 24, 2009 10 Most Influential Early Music Ensembles Recently, Early Music Today (the London-based equivalent of Early Music America magazine) published an article entitled "10 Most Influential Early Music Ensembles." I rolled my eyes before I even read their list, which not surprisingly was very Anglo-centric (7 of their top 10 are English ensembles). The only "foreigners" allowed in the top 10 were Concentus Musicus Wien (founded by Nikolaus Hanoncourt in 1953), Les Arts Florissants (founded by William Christie in 1979), and Hesperion XXI (found by Jordi Savall in 1974). Those three probably belong in anybody's top 10, along with The Early Music Consort of London (founded by David Munrow in 1967) and The Tallis Scholars (founded by Peter Phillips in 1973). But where were the North Americans? Or even the Netherlands' all-stars, for that matter? How can anyone leave out the New York Pro Musica (fo

Burning Bloomers!

The following is from an article entitled Most Influential Early Music Ensembles, and the Early Music Consort of London appears at the bottom. Apparently, one of the players dressed in arcane guise accidently burnt their "bloomers" in the Purcell Rooms.      R.Searle/ piedpiper. « Last Edit: February 06, 2010, 11:34:11 AM by piedpiper »

One Sunday Afternoon...

The following is from a blog by Richard Sparks... Sunday, June 15 Today a trip to Wye for the Stour Festival to hear David Munrow's Early Music Consort at 3 PM. Munrow was an early music pioneer who we just managed to hear live--as he committed suicide in 1976. This was a fascinating program: a piece with recorder and drone by Munrow absolutely incredibly played--the runs were so fast they were hard to follow in the church acoustic--that's probably the effect intended, however, Rick recorded it--I'd really like a copy [I don't have one]--then renaissance dances for broken consort, all very well played (and danceable--if I do any of this kind of music, I'll have to enroll in a renaissance dance class)--a baroque guitar suite--beautifully played--James Tyler's virtuosity is stunning (on lute, guitar, and banjo)--he looks all the time like your typical banjo player: a smile on his face the whole time--he was fun to watch as well as listen to--the violinist played a

Key Consort Members sans Munrow


Two Open University Programmes

I sent an email in connection with the Open University...and received the following communication! Dear Robert Thank you for your email. David Munrow is featured in 2 Open University video programmes and 1 audio programme: A101/12 Music and images (video) 1978 A201/10 Secular music of the Renaissance (video) 1972 A201/18 English consort music (audio) 1972 You are welcome to view/listen to these programmes here in the Library. You will need to make an appointment to do this. Kind regards Amanda

A Consort Pic..

Click to continue browsing the site .(Nigel North site) The above is from Nigel Norths website. He can be seen playing as part of the Early Music Consort of London on the second from right of the pic. Munrow can be seen virtually opposite to him.

Munrow and Consort in Tudor Costume Depiction

The following image comes from an edition of the Danserye recording, and depicts DM, and Consort in Tudor garb..I, originally, saw this cover some years back at the second hand record shop in Notting Hill, London. The above comes from a German blog, and I have just found an enlarged version of it if you press the pic on one of the posts. This does not work with the above image...unless there is a fault with ones computer. ...However, for whatever reason the correct link has now been found for the enlargement of the cover image of the Danserye recording... « Last Edit: December 12, 2011, 01:14:16 PM by piedpiper »       

An Editorial Review

All Music Guide - James Manheim To listen to the 1970s recordings of David Munrow and his Early Music Consort of London is to realize how pivotal they were in transforming early music from an academic specialty into a living performance tradition. The performances are based on thorough academic research, but they are varied, vital, and enthusiastic, meant for concert audiences rather than academic meetings. And the Early Music Consort of London roster is packed with future stars. This two-CD set offers the complete contents of what was originally a double Munrow LP, The Art of the Recorder , plus the first half the Middle Ages half of another double LP, Instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance . The Renaissance half is available as part of a different CD reissue, Music from the Court of Ferdinand and Isabella . Splitting up the Instruments album is a strange choice. Intended to accompany a book about the his