Wednesday Series

The Origin of Early Music

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The emergence of so-called “early music” during the last three decades of the twentieth century resulted in a revolution in the performance and revival of forgotten repertories and composers. But this movement began to take shape almost a century earlier, in light of successive revivals instituted by fin de siècle historicisms that converted the past an avant-garde aesthetic option. This series traces the origins of this phenomenon through four historic concerts, reproduced as closely as possible, which were held in different European cities: the pioneering archaeological work of Anton Rubinstein at the piano (Paris, 1886), the mythical Arnold Dolmetsch series in late-Victorian England (London, 1896), the polemical arrival of the harpsichordist Wanda Landowska in Spain (Madrid, 1905) and the revival of the crucial figure of Soler and eighteenth-century Iberian music (Barcelona, 1936). It was then that a new sensitivity towards the sound of the past emerged, which is still alive today.

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