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Bio, and Discography.

David Munrow (August 12th 1942 - May 15th 1976) - A discography Conception & research: Pierre-F. Roberge
For comments, additions and corrections (continuing this discography for PFR)
Last update: 11/30/2012
This is an "under construction" and for now a quite complete discography of David Munrow.
(This biography is based closely on an excerpt of James Durant's text appearing on the back cover of the Angel edition of Munrow's Renaissance suite, with corrections from Gillian Munrow, and minor editing.)
David Munrow's passion for early music and musical instruments commenced in 1960 when he was 18. Teaching in Peru under the British Council Overseas Voluntary Scheme, he became interested in South American folk music and took back to England with him Bolivian flutes, Peruvian pipes, and dozens of other obscure instruments. The following year he entered Cambridge as an English major. There a crumhorn hanging off a friend's wall aro…

Bio from Grove's Dictionary of Music, and used as an Intro to the David Munrow Papers at RAM

Scope And Content (RAM, or the Royal Academy of Music)
A performance-centred archive, largely comprising files of music that relate to concerts given by the Early Music Consort of London (founded and directed by David Munrow) and to their audio recordings. In addition, the archive contains Munrow's scores and arrangements for television and film productions, as well as some radio scripts. Material relating to Munrow, Instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (1976), and some correspondence, is also included.

Biographical History

David John Munrow (1942-1976), an early woodwind instrumentalist, with a particular expertise in the baroque recorder, is best remembered as a pioneering exponent of early music. Through his founding of the Early Music Consort of London, which performed a range of music that had remained largely unheard for centuries, Munrow developed a broad audience for music from the medieval period through to the late baroque, played on authentic instruments. …

Music of the Gothic Era

Notre Dame Period (c.1160-c.1250)
Organa by Leonin and Perotin Ars antiqua (c.1250-c.1320)
Codex Bamberg
Motets and instrumental pieces from the Codex Montpellier Ars nova (c.1320-c.1400)
Roman de Fauvel; Codex Ivrea
Motets by Machaut and the Codex Chantilly Recorded in 1975. Includes full texts with English translations.

The Early Music Consort of London directed by David MunrowDEUTSCHE GRAMOPHON Archiv Produktion Codex 453 185
2 discs [67'16" + 72'04"] mid-price reissue

by Chia Han-Leon"Music of the Gothic Era" traces the history of polyphonic music based on plainsong (single line of vocal melody, in free rhythm, whose highest form is Gregorian chant) from the early 12th to the end of the 14th centuries. The first disc begins with four organa duplum of the Notre Dame Period by the 12th century French composer Léonin, who lived c.1135-c.1201. He is known only from the writings of an English theorist who is him(?)self only known b…