ResearchWorks: The eighteenth-century early music movement – Milton Court

I went to this talk at Milton Court to try and understand more about the history of music. The Academy of Ancient Music is a regular presence in London’s concert halls but the group was actually founded in 1726 as the Academy of Vocal Music. I found it interesting that even as far back as the eighteenth century performers were concerned with authenticity and preserving traditions. The constitution stated that the Academy of Ancient Musick was formed “not for the Management of Theatrical Affairs, but the Improvement of the Science”, and the group stated, “Our Design to search for what is beautiful in the Works of the Ancients, and to seek out those things that have been either neglected or forgot”.

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