Early Music Consort of London

By • Mar 31st, 2008 • Category: Acoustic, Commercial, Music, Renaissance
Album cover - Art of the Netherland by Early Music Consort of London

It’s a sunny Sunday morning and the house is shimmering to the sounds of this magical music. The Early Music Consort of London conducted by David Munrow were very influential and internationally acclaimed in the field of early music until the untimely death of David Munrow at the age of 33 in 1976.

Early Music Consort of London consisted of a number of renaissance and medieval string and woodwind musicians and singers – many of whom were already well known in their own fields.

From “On The Overgown Path” blog site in an article that chronicles his legacy:

Munrow is best known for bringing little known medieval and Renaissance music to a wide audience. But his activities were not confined to concerts and recordings. He used early instruments in the film and television scores which he composed, including The Six Wives of Henry VIII, A Man for All Seasons, and The Devils (with Peter Maxwell Davies). He also worked with folk musicians including Dolly Cousins and The Young Tradition. And he was actively involved in new music, among the first performances he gave were Elisabeth Lutyens’ The Tears of Night (1972), and Peter Dickinson’s Translations (1971) and Recorder Music for recorder Player and Tape (1973). He was a natural communicator, his BBC Radio 3 programme the Pied Piper was broadcast four times a week for five years and introduced a huge audience to the riches of early music, and he also devised and presented the TV series Ancestral Voices.

There have been successor groups since the demise of the original group but the recording output of the Early Music Consort of London has forever changed our perception of early music. The musical groups predates the web so there is no website. I was lucky enough to find some mp3’s that I’m pretty sure come from the 3 volume collection called “The Art of the Netherlands”.

If you live in the US you can find and listen to the double CD Music of the Gothic Era on Rhapsody. I highly recommend the music, you too can be beguiled.

Antoine Brumel (ca 1460- ca 1515)- Fortuna desperata 6 part

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Josquin Desprez – Scaramella va alla guerra

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Josquin Desprez (ca 1440 – 1521) – El grillo e buon cantore

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Loyset Compere (c 1445-1518) O bone Jesu [motet]

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