In Their Words

Early Music: Catherine Liddell’s Soundworld

When I was in 7th or 8th grade, my father brought home a recording called “An Evening of Elizabethan Music” performed by the Julian Bream Consort. I fell head over heels in love with the music. I played the record until the grooves were gone! The tunes, the rhythm, the sound of the lute weaving in and around the other instruments…having this interest kept this shy teenager from being completely swallowed up in a high
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A life in music: Erin Headley’s lirone

Both of my parents were musicians, so at the age of four I was encouraged to begin piano lessons. One of my exercises was to harmonize a melody in four parts, which may have foreshadowed my career as a continuo player, some 26 years later. During my youth I was an artist. But at 18 I suddenly decided to take up the cello. That led me to the viola da gamba in graduate school, and the lirone during my doctoral studies.
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