The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #118097   Message #2550868
Posted By: Jack Blandiver
28-Jan-09 - 07:23 AM
Thread Name: Mediaeval Baebes?
Subject: RE: Mediaeval Baebes?
what we hear performed now, would not be vastly dissimilar to what we would have heard performed then

I once proposed a study entitled Early Music as a 20th Century Phenomenon and the Changes Therein with Regard to Modernism & Post-Modernism analysing the various changes of attitude and approach to medieval & early music from when such things first begin to be recorded to Purcell's tercentenary year. So in this respect, what we hear now is significantly different from what we heard 40 years ago, so how that relates to how it would have been heard at the time is anyone's guess - a guess which engenders so much amazing music, variously claimed as being somehow authentic, but corporeal nonetheless in terms of its actual era.