A Recommended Read: Well-Tempered Woodwinds by Geoffrey Burgess

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 3:30pm
Geoffrey Burgess & Jessica Honigberg at BEMF

"Well-Tempered Woodwinds".  Any aficionado of music, music history, or biographical texts will find Geoffrey Burgess' latest book a terrific read.

Geoffrey, musicologist and instructor of baroque oboe at Eastman School of Music, has authored this beautifully written and exceptionally well researched book.  Although this is a biography of the multi-talented Friedrich von Huene, a German emigré to the U.S. who played a central role in the country’s Early Music movement, its scope is much broader.   Harpsichordists will be interested to know that von Heune shared his first woodwind workshop with harpsichord builder Frank Hubbard, and to know of his connections with William Dowd, American master-builder of historically informed harpsichords.   Amongst von Huene’s many notable accomplishments were: the establishment of a world-renowned woodwind instrument workshop in Brookline, Massachusetts; his central role in the revival of the recorder after nearly a century of near-oblivion; the construction of beautiful historical flutes and full consorts of Renaissance and Baroque recorders; the transcription and recording of J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier for recorder consort; and, very importantly, his role in founding and presiding over the Boston Early Music Festival and Exhibition (BEMF).  Any aficionado of music, music history, or biographical texts will find this a terrific read. 

Available from many bookstores and on Amazon.com -  "Well-Tempered Woodwinds: Friedrich von Huene and the Making of Early Music in a New World".  Indiana University Press, 2015