Early Music Muse is intended to appeal to both casual observers and specialists in medieval, renaissance and traditional music.
The purpose of the blog is:
- as a starting point for those new to the subject, with entries, for example, on historical periods of music and their associated instruments;
- to present new research and analysis, with entries, for example, on the stunningly crafted and never before analysed Boissart mandore in the V&A; a detailed picking-through of the many myths surrounding Greensleeves; a series about the 13th century Cantigas de Santa Maria; and a regular return to manuscripts to interpret medieval and renaissance music from the source.
- to link early and traditional music to its cultural and historical context through an examination of individual songs and tunes, to ask what this tells us about their times and our own.
This site is written by Ian Pittaway, a singer and player of medieval, renaissance and early baroque music on period instruments – harp, lute, bray harp, cittern, gittern, citole, etc. – and traditional/folk music on modern guitars in various tunings.