Early Musical Instruments (full series) (1976) 6xDVD5 NTSC

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  1. Sheriff

    Sheriff Administrator Staff Member

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    This is a six-part television series that originally aired on Grenada in the UK in 1976 into 1977. It was written, hosted, and directed by David Munrow, founder of the London Early Music Consort and one of the major figures in the "Early Music revival." The series is a monument of scholarship on early music, and one of its most visible presentations to the general public.
    The great blog Toys and Techniques has blogged about this series, and Ben even posted some clips to YouTube if you're curious. Here's what he says:
    Here are a few more clips from the David Munrow TV special posted earlier. The show was called Early Musical Instruments and aired in 1976. There were 6 episodes, each involving Munrow and a group of wan Englishmen making a racket with a certain family of instruments - reed instruments, strummed ones, percussion, etc. Some of them are positively evil looking, such as the gemshorn, a recorder made seemingly out of satan's antlers, or various guitar-like monsters with about twenty strings and nightmarish dragon-like tuning heads. The series was filmed at the beautiful and eerie Ordsall Hall in Salford, known for the ghosts of a White Lady and young girl that have been seen in its staircases.
    Munrow tragically took his own life at 33, but his legacy carries onwards and upwards -- one of his recordings was on the golden disc accompanying the Voyager spacecraft into the heavens in 1977.
    Disc Info:
    DVD Source: Films for the Humanities, region 0, 6xDVD5
    DVD Format: NTSC
    DVD Audio: English Stereo
    Program: MactheRipper
    Menus: None
    Video: Untouched
    Audio: Untouched
    DVD extras: None
    Language: English
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