New York Pro Musica

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New York Pro Musica

(New York Pro Musica Antiqua), vocal and instrumental ensemble, founded in New York City in 1952 by Noah Greenberg. One of the earliest groups to attempt historically correct performances of early music, it specialized in compositions of the era 1200 to 1700 and researched and reconstructed much of the music it performed. Instruments such as the sackbutsackbut
, Renaissance name for the slide trombone, probably derived from the old French word sacqueboute, which means "pull-push." The instrument achieved its present form in the 15th cent., the only differences being a narrower bore and a smaller bell.
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, shawmshawm
, double-reed woodwind instrument used in Europe from the 13th through the 17th cent. The term denotes a family of instruments of different sizes. The shape and tone of the soprano shawm are comparable to those of the oboe, of which it is a precursor.
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, crumhorncrumhorn,
J-shaped, double-reed musical instrument used throughout Europe from the 15th cent. through the 17th cent. It possesses a soft, reedy tone. The reed is enclosed by a wooden cap with a hole at the top through which the player blows.
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, zinke, viola da gamba, and portative organ were also restored or constructed. The ensemble was famous for its annual production of the Play of Daniel, a medieval music drama. The group disbanded in 1974.
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Bloom (flute), whose playing has been called "a revelation for unforced sweetness and strength" (The Boston Globe), tours in North America, Europe and Asia; is featured on 40 CDs; serves on the faculty of Snow Pond Composers Workshop; is historical performance consultant to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston; and is a winner of the American Musicological Society's Noah Greenberg Award.
Lori Kruckenberg, an associate professor of musicology at the University of Oregon, has been awarded the Noah Greenberg award by the American Musicological Society.
On this side of the pond, New York's Noah Greenberg, a former Trotskyist, gave up the Revolution and became one of the guiding lights of the early-music revival of the 1960s with his New York Pro Musica.