What was old in 1750?
Date: February 6, 2016
As choral musicians we sing music from many traditions and many times. When we study the classical music of Europe, we learn what choral music was being composed in 1750, but we rarely hear about what was actually being sung. We know that Romantic era composer Mendelsohn was a champion of Baroque music. We know that Beethoven was revered throughout the Romantic period. Was anyone singing Medieval or Renaissance music during the Baroque era? We hear about what was new from Ars Nova to Avant Garde, but what old music was celebrated in past times? When we look at concert programs from the 19th century we see composers who were contemporary at the time, but who are now mostly unheard of. Do we see composers of previous times, composers who have passed the test of time?