Toronto-based Tafelmusik is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles, renowned internationally for its distinct, exhilarating, and soulful performances. Founded in 1979 by Kenneth [...]
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What do we remember from these journeys? Not only the landscapes, the local cuisine and the museums we visited, but also the music from the particular country, written by the people born there and those who have chosen to stop over.
From Purcell to Elgar, British composers have been able to draw their inspiration from the fertile soil of their history, either by working from folk songs or integrating the lyricism of their sacred chorals. Purcell appropriated codes from opera, a genre at its very beginnings then, and built on the inherent expressivity and rhythm of the English language. Handel united the music emanating from the isles and the continent into a whole larger than the sum of its parts. A few centuries later, Elgar, Holst and Popper continued to transmit the distinctive character of a unique, creative nation before the Beatles irreparably shook up the status quo. Elementary !
© Lucie Renaud
Translation: Annie P. Prothin