What does “early music” mean?
- Kelly Thomas Forrest
‘What does “early music” mean?’ provides an introduction to the field of early music. There has been interest in the music of the past since the nineteenth century, centred around rediscovering lost styles and repertories. Early music gives listeners something outside their own culture, and has been studied for historical, novelty, and protest value. Many musical traditions have been interrupted over the years, and early music reconnects with these traditions, rekindling the excitement of performance. Lost music is music that nobody can remember. Early music studies works with some surviving notations, but little else, which generates many questions. Current early music studies concentrate on the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods.