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The Hilliard Ensemble

Lynnrockets recently watched the film Julie & Julia about a thirty year old New Yorker who decided to cook every dish in one of Julia Childs’ cookbooks and to blog about it. It was a novel idea so we decided to copy it. No, we will not be cooking in the usual sense (that could start a fire). Rather, we will adapt the recipe a day concept to our nightly music bytes. From now to infinity (didn’t somebody else coin that phrase?) we will post a music video and brief description of the artist or song in a sort of alphabetical order as culled from Tom Moon’s wonderful reference book, 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die (A Listener’s Life List). The book describes both whole albums (remember those) and individual songs from all music genres that are essential listening. Do yourselves a favor and purchase this book. Where the book deals with an individual song, we will post that song, but when an entire album is the subject, we will exercise judicial discretion and post a single song therefrom. So what do you say, let’s get cooking…

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The Hilliard Ensemble – Motets (Guillaume de Machaut)

Tom Moon tells us, “The next time you feel yourself numbed by the lockstep hammering of contemporary music, slip into this medieval marvel. Guillaume de Machaut lived in fourteenth century France. He was one of the few medieval composers who left detailed instructions about how his work was to be performed. This 2004 recording of The Motets features England’s Hilliard Ensemble”.

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