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The Early Music Guild of Seattle

A sampling from recent seasons of the Early Music Guild of Seattle concert series, plus a new release of keyboard music by Peter Philips.

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A view of Seattle at night.

Formed over thirty years ago, the Early Music Guild of Seattle has been promoting the performance of medieval, Renaissance, baroque, and classical music through numerous avenues. These include concerts, educational programs, Baroque opera, and a Professional Affiliate program. The Guild undoubtedly provides its audiences with many opportunities to both experience and enjoy excellent performances by local and international artists. The Guild’s current executive director is August Denhard.

The Guild also devotes its resources to promoting Seattle’s local musicians. The 2000-2001 recital series featured the viola da gambist Margriet Tindemans and harpsichordist Jillon Stopples Dupree. Their program was entirely devoted to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

The 2002-2003 International Series brought one of Europe’s most vibrant ensembles, Musica ad Rhenum. Led by American flutist Jed Wentz, the group features a dynamic continuo group consisting of cellist Job ter Haar and harpsichordist Michael Borgstede. The two were highlighed during the concert with a performance of Barrière’s sonata for cello in C minor.

One of the Guild’s more recent programs featured the ensemble Lucidarium in a concert of Jewish music and poetry from Renaissance Italy. The Early Music Guild of Seattle presented the group as part of the 2007-2008 season.

Our new release of the week features the German keyboardist Siegbert Rampe in volume two of the complete works of Peter Philips. Released on the D & G label, Rampe performs alternatively on clavichord, harpsichord, and organ.

Music Heard On This Episode

Peter Philips: Galiarda
Siegbert Rampe, harpsichord/clavichord/organ — Peter Philips: Complete Keyboard Works, Vol. 2 (D & G, 2008)
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Peter Philips: Galiarda
Siegbert Rampe, harpsichord/clavichord/organ — Peter Philips: Complete Keyboard Works, Vol. 2 (D & G, 2008)
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Peter Philips: Madrigal Horatio Vechi. Se desio di fugir
Siegbert Rampe, harpsichord/clavichord/organ — Peter Philips: Complete Keyboard Works, Vol. 2 (D & G, 2008)
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Anonymous: Batalla Famossa
Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet — La Spagna: Early Music Guild (Seattle), International Series 2002-2003
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Anonymous: Saltarello
Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet — La Spagna: Early Music Guild (Seattle), International Series 2002-2003
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Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita no. 5 in G major for harpsichord, BWV 829
Margriet Tindemans, viola da gamba, and Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord — Music of Johann Sebastian Bach: Early Music Guild (Seattle), Recital Series 2000-2001
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Johann Sebastian Bach: from Sonata no. in D major for viola da gamba and harpsichord, BWV 1028
Margriet Tindemans, viola da gamba, and Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord — Music of Johann Sebastian Bach: Early Music Guild (Seattle), Recital Series 2000-2001
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Jean Barrière : from Sonata in C minor for violoncello and continuo
Musica ad Rhenum (Jed Wentz, director) — Early Music Guild (Seattle), International Series 2002-2003
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Anonymous, Italy, 16th Century (Text: Les Caterines, Joan Escrivà): Les Caterines
Lucidarium — La Istoria de Purim: Early Music Guild (Seattle), International Series 2007-2008
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Anonymous, Italy, 16th Century (Text: Joan Escrivà): La Cara Cossa-La Folia
Lucidarium — La Istoria de Purim
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Giovanni Maria da Crema: Pass’e mezzo a la bolognesa/Saltarello a la bolognesa
Lucidarium — La Istoria de Purim: Early Music Guild (Seattle), International Series 2007-2008
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Peter Philips: Galiarde Passamezzo
Siegbert Rampe, harpsichord/clavichord/organ — Peter Philips: Complete Keyboard Works, Vol. 2 (D & G, 2008)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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