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The EMA Quarterly: News you can use

September 10, 2010

There are literally scores of journals concerned with early music; most of them are too specialized (and expensive) to be much use to fans of the genre. That’s where Early Music America’s quarterly journal for members is proving a refreshing exception. In every issue, editor Ben Dunham assembles two or three articles about early music and musicians in the United States which are simultaneously intelligent, informative, and entertaining for practitioners and listeners alike.

This fall’s issue, now available, offers a preview of programming for the Handel Society of America’s spring conference in Seattle, including a fine writeup about the dramatic works the young Handel, freshly arrived in England, wrote for performance at the Duke of Chandos’ country retreat: the very works we’ll be hearing this spring in productions by the Boston Early Music Festival, Acis and Galatea and Esther. (That’s Acis and his lady friend in the picture, by the way: The figure peeking down at them is not a routine voyeur but Acis’s rival for the lady’s affection, the giant Polyphemus.)

In other featured articles, recording engineer John Marks offers impecunious musicians solid advice on the best equipment for recording their own gigs, plus tips from rebec and fiddler Tina Chancey’s on how to avoid the pitfalls of producing your own CD. Piffaro’s Joan Kimball recalls a memorable trip her wind-band took to Bolivia, and their encounters with native musicians there. And as in every issue, there are festival write-ups, reviews of new books and recordings, interviews, and much more. Don’t miss out on the fun. Visit EMA’s website and subscribe now.

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