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Music Before 1800: Jesse Blumberg and Simon Martyn-Ellis

The Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E 65th Street, New York

Jesse Blumberg, baritone
Simon Martyn-Ellis, guitar

Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin

Jesse Blumberg, a sought-after performer, and Simon Martyn-Ellis, expert period guitarist, take a fresh approach performing Schubert’s timeless Die schöne Müllerin, the twenty-verse song cycle that tells the tragic story of a young man’s descent into lovelorn despair. To perform the emotional music with a period guitar, the duo embraces the intimate nature of the plucked sounds—an enhancement to story-telling.

[Blumberg’s] transparent tone and precise articulation floated above and around the rich ensemble textures. His voice is bigger than is usually heard in early music performances, but his smooth phrasing and precise intonation and rhythmic alertness made for an ideal, intimate projection.”

 —New York Classical Review


Earlier Event: March 21
Music Before 1800: Paul O'Dette, Lute
Later Event: April 27
Merton chapter talk