Performing Ensembles – Early Music Ensemble (EME)
Tufts Early Music Ensemble explores music of the
Renaissance and Baroque, drawing on Tufts' large 'instrumentarium',
reproductions of period instruments, to experience the sounds
and musical colors of each unique repertoire. From early
Renaissance masters such as Guillaume Dufay, to Franco-Flemish
composers of the high Renaissance such as Josquin dePres and
Heinrich Isaac, and 17th century greats such as Henry Purcell
and Claudio Monteverdi, the Early Music Ensemble delves deeply
into each area of repertoire to bring rarely performed gems to
the public. Students have the chance to learn to play new
instruments, and to work in small groups to learn the special
techniques for each instrument. Ensemble members experience
new musical forms such as madrigals, chansons, dances of all
kinds, fantasias and other instrumental forms, which are shaped
into a tapestry-like program.
The Early Music Ensemble welcomes as guest coaches and performers
many talented early music specialists from the Boston area.
Singers such as Pamela Dellal, Thomas Gregg and Daniela Tosic, instrumentalists
Douglas Freundlich, Dan Meyers, Roy Sansom and Frances Conover Fitch
are some of the local performers who have not only performed with EME,
but also brought their unique expertise in coaching EME musicians in
special solo music.