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To Drive the Cold Winter Away: A Fireside Presentation of Music for Merrymaking ()

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In reference to CRD's To Drive the Cold Winter Away featuring St. George's Canzona under the direction of John Sothcott, a little background might not hurt. There were basically three generations of the early music revivalists in the twentieth century. The first generation, beginning about 1920 or so, revived the music, but by and large didn't have the instruments to play it on apart from the recorder family, harpsichord, and some lutes; certain revivalists, such as AndrFs Segovia, were even a little arrogant about playing old music on modern instruments, citing inherent limitations and perceived inferiority about them. The second generation, which emerged in the 1950s, finally had the instruments, but was unsure about how to be combined and how best to utilize them to fit the music, so that period is typified by a lot of arranging and adaptation of old music, not to mention borrowing from sometimes anachronistic folk sources. The third generation, which emerged in the 1980s, was informed by solid... Hide synopsis

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