Despite interest in historical performance practice, mainstream performers have largely ignored the hardest evidence of all: early recordings. These performances, often made by a composer’s contemporaries, sometimes even in consultation with composers, may tell something about the spirit of music making that a composer’s words and notation cannot.
Recordings may also serve as a lens to understand. In transforming music’s ephemeral nature into a more lasting object, a strict orthodoxy of music making has evolved.
The event begins at 8 pm and concludes with an open discussion between musicians and audience members.
Tickets are $18 ($16 for seniors, $9 for students), and are available online at www.yellowbarn.org and by phone at (802) 387-6637. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.