MICHALA PETRI AT GREGYNOG, JUNE 17 The Danish virtuoso, arguably the finest recorder player in the world, makes a rare UK visit to honour Arnold Dolmetsch
, the man who reinvented the recorder and spearheaded the early music revival.
Like Arnold Dolmetsch, who shared his lack of academic credentials, Grainger mistrusted musicology and its practitioners, although he never approached the older man's paranoia and remained willing to learn if, as in the case of Hughes, he admired his teacher.
1 Writing on the early music revival has tended either to concentrate on Grainger's association with Arnold Dolmetsch (see, for example, Harry Haskell, The Early Music Revival: a History, London, 1988, pp.
Through the course of this correspondence may be traced a new interest in a range of activities as diverse as academic teaching, broadcasting, early music (prompted by his friendship with Arnold Dolmetsch
) and 'free music', as well as the development of his ideas for 'Blue-eyed English' and the resuscitation of old enthusiasms, particularly for travel and folksong collecting.
Although no editors of the dictionary are named on the site, overall responsibility for it seems to lie with Dolmetsch Musical Instruments, the British firm founded by Arnold Dolmetsch
. The dictionary is one of several free resources provided by the Dolmetsch organization.
In Otterstedt's case, the question is exacerbated by her frank and repeated reliance on the work of those same older generations, in particular, the pioneering work of Arnold Dolmetsch
. She invokes Dolmetsch as part of her generally strong case for returning to the sources--in this case, both the circumstantial evidence of the repertory, and the numerous method books for her instrument published over a span of several centuries.
Listeners most familiar with the digital recordings of historically informed performances by Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, or John Eliot Gardiner will be intrigued by interpretations of Alfred Cortot, Adolf Busch, and Arnold Dolmetsch
. Otto Klemperer's staccato and unrelentingly motoric interpretation of the second Brandenburg Concerto, in which a soprano saxophone substitutes for the trumpet,
Richard Troeger's contribution discusses in full detail tile splendid large five-octave clavichords, a total of thirty-four, made under Arnold Dolmetsch
's direction at the Chickering piano company in Boston between 1906 and 1910.
Pinto is generous in his praise for Murray Lefkowitz and also for Arnold Dolmetsch
, who is not always given due credit for his pioneering work of many kinds, and who was an enthusiastic proponent of Lawes.
He was one of the three D's of early music (Arnold Dolmetsch
, his teacher, and Thurston Dart were the others), whose examples as performers and scholars have had such a profound influence.