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David Munrow (of the Early Music Consort) and Folk Music

  [Translate] The following is from the excellent blog Semibrevity. However, the link here takes one to another musician other than David Munrow... Guest blogger: Edward Breen (London-based musicologist, writer and lecturer whose 2014 PhD dissertation was entitled The Performance Practice of David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London . See here for more of his work.) David Munrow (1942-1976) was one of the most widely-known early music ‘personalities’ of the 1960s and 70s. He was a woodwind specialist and director of the Early Music Consort of London and also a prolific broadcaster. As a regular BBC presenter many knew him through his long-running radio series Pied Piper which was aimed at a younger audience but enjoyed by listeners of all ages. Over the course of five years and 655 programmes he discussed a huge range of music themed in

The Play of Daniel

David Munrow had planned to do the classic Play of Daniel..but it was not be. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation , search The Play of Daniel , or Ludus Danielis , is either of two medieval Latin liturgical dramas based on the biblical Book of Daniel , one of which is accompanied by monophonic music. Two medieval plays of Daniel survive. The first is one of the plays in the Fleury Playbook , a 13th-century manuscript containing ten liturgical dramas; the text is by Hilarius , and no music accompanies it. The play itself dates from c. 1140. The second is a 13th-century drama with monophonic music, written by students at the school of Beauvais Cathedral , located in northern France. Both plays were completed about 1227 to 1234. [1] A large portion of the text is poetic rather than strictly liturgical in origin; it closely follows the narrative of the biblical story of Daniel at the court of Belshazzar . [2] The latter play was r

The David Munrow Collection

Back in 1986 I attended the Open Exhibition on "Musical Instruments" featuring the David Munrow Collection. Ofcourse, he had a very large collection of instruments, and those displayed were catalogued in a special brochure for the occasion. Unfortunately, I do not have a copy of it. Among other things including two, or more rare photos of Munrow there was a bar area where Ancestral Voices was being played on a television. Ancestral Voices was his last recorded public appearance as a tv presenter discussing old musical instruments. Not long after its completion Munrow took his own life. RS Crafts Council   The 2nd Crafts Council Open Exhibition "Musical Instruments" featuring the collection of David Munrow 1942-1976. London Crafts Council 1986 Soft cover Very Good Brochure 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall 4th June - 31st August 1986. Brochure for the exhibition containing essays on "A Decade of Historical Instrument Making 1976-1986" by Ian Harwood