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Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music is partnering with the Bloomington Early Music Festival to present a conference on composer Heinrich Isaac.

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Bloomington Early Music Festival

Friday: 6:00 lecture by Professor Giovanni Zanovello 7:00 concert: !Sachabuche! Post-concert reception sponsored by BLEMF Saturday: 6:00 concert: Liber


Unitarian Universalist Church, 2120 N. Fee Lane, Bloomington IN

May 21-23, 2010

Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music is partnering with the Bloomington Early Music Festival to present a conference on the Franco-Flemish Renaissance composer Heinrich Isaac. Along with papers and discussions there will be concerts featuring the groups !Sachebuche! and Liber.

William Hudson is a founding member of the latter, the trio Liber (formerly known as Liber Unusualis). Read what he has to say about the project below:

Highlights From The Interview

“At this point, Liber is down to a duet, because our third member is pursuing a doctorate at Princeton. This has pretty much ruled out touring! But this concert is giving me some new opportunities and sounds to work with. ”

Hudson describes how the group has changed over time. “Liber unusualis was me and two women. Although I’m a tenor I was always the lowest voice. For this weekend, I’m singing with three other men!”

There are other changes for Hudson, too: “Heinrich Isaac’s music is about a century later than the pieces that I’ve been working with. I’m moving up to date with a work that’s only five instead of six hundred or so years old.”

Study Leads To Performance

“We’re singing a Mass by Isaac that hasn’t been recorded yet. It’s a really interesting piece with some great sounding polyphony. Because of the male voices, I get to sing some of the featured parts. Professor Giovanni Zanovello studied the work and wrote his dissertation around the piece. He’ll be presenting a talk about Isaac on the Friday evening of the weekend. Then there will be a concert of vocal and instrumental pieces sung and played by !Sachabuche! We’re on for the Saturday evening.”

George Walker

After completing an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University, George Walker began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists and reviews plays and operas.

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