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Andrew Lawrence-King


Like a lot of England’s finest music artists, Andrew Lawrence-King began his career in choir college, portion as head chorister for the Cathedral and Parish Church of St. Peter Interface, Guernsey. He had taken an organ scholarship or grant to Cambridge School, where he browse mathematics, but completed his research in body organ and voice on the London Early Music Center. A party in a harpmaker’s home gave the chance for Lawrence-King to possess his initial early harp, modeled following a Middle ages Irish instrument. Without the modern instructors of traditional harp performance obtainable, he proceeded to instruct himself the technique by learning historical resources, literary, iconographical, and musical. He uncovered the “excellence” of plucked musical instruments, that may play both melody and polyphony. Since that time, Lawrence-King provides performed with lots of the leading early music ensembles on earth, playing continuo so when harp soloist with Hesperion XX, Tragicomedia (which he founded with Stephen Stubbs in 1988), the Harp Consort, with Christopher Page’s Gothic Voices, Paul Hillier’s Theater of Voices, Stephen Stubbs, Lot Koopman, Andrew Parrott, and Paul O’Dette. Furthermore, he conducts Baroque orchestras throughout European countries. He continues to be honored the 1992 Erwin Bodky Prize (Cambridge, MA, Culture for Early Music), the 1996 American Handel Culture Award (for his documenting of Alcina), the 1997 Noah Greenberg Prize in the American Musicological Culture, as well as the 1998 Echo Klassik Reward for Greatest Early Music Documenting. The Akademie für Alte Musik in Bremen appointed Lawrence-King teacher of harp and continuo; in his free time, he gained the Yachtmaster Certificate from your Royal Yachting Association. More than 100 recordings of music spanning a lot more than 500 years carry the imprint of his artistry. Improvisation is situated in the centre of Andrew Lawrence-King’s method of carrying out early instrumental music. Though music background clings to its notated resources, he argues the unwritten customs of Middle ages and Renaissance instrumentalists could be retrieved and taken to viewers in an essential way; he offers compared his kind of improvisation towards the vitality of jazz, which comes after an “psychological logic” greater than a formal one, and which exercises, yet continues to be within, obvious stylistic boundaries. Both harp and early key pad instruments have already been superb automobiles for his music, both in a position to mingle firmness colors and easily change from melodic make use of to polyphony (he figures them one of the “ideal devices”). His innovative approach shows specifically well in some collaborative recordings with Paul Hillier along with the task of his ensemble the Harp Consort, founded in 1994 of most continuo improvisers, with group improvisation its visual goal.

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Full Name Andrew Lawrence-King
Education Selwyn College, Cambridge
Nationality English
Music Songs Paseabase el Rey moro, Lament for the Death of His Second Wife, O Gloriosa Domina, Triste España sin ventura, Canarios, Carolan's Farewell, Fandango – El Fandanguito, Jácaras por la E, Exultet caelum laudibus, Pavana, Dios te salve, Cruz Preciosa, Levanta Pascual, Guaracha: ay que me abraso – El Arrancazacate, Les Couplets, Bergeronnette Preste, Venite videte, Va - Prelude, Gentil dame, Da Pacem, The Gander in the Pratie Hole, El Maestro: Pavana No. 1, The Whirlygig, Missa Pro Defunctis - Introitus, Tullochgorum, Antiphon for 3 Voices "Speciosa facta es", Dinos, madre del donsel, Benedic Anima mea, Passacaille d'Armide, Tiento para arpa, The Liverpool Set - The Liverpool Hornpipe, Planxty Connor, Para discantar, MacPherson's Lament
Albums The Celtic Viol, The Play Of Daniel, DHM Splendeurs: La Harpe Royale, Harp Music of the Italian Renaissance (arpa doppia: Andrew Lawrence-King), Miracles of Notre-Dame, Garden of Early Delights, His Majesty's Harper, Choregraphie: Music for Louis XIV's Dancing Masters, ¡Jacaras! 18th Century Spanish Baroque Guitar Music of Santiago de Murcia, The Secret Of The Semitones, Les travailleurs de la mer - Ancient songs from a small island, Fantasies, Pavanes & Gallardes, Lachrimæ Caravaggio, Trabaci: Keyboard Music, Book 2, The Harp of Ludovico, D'India Lamento d'Orfeo, El arte de fantasía - Luis Venegas de Henestrosa, Spanish Gypsies, King David's Harp, Senfl, L.: Missa Paschalis / Motets / Lieder, The Celtic Viol II, Missa Mexicana, A Song for Francesca: Music in Italy, 1330-1430, Spanish Dances, Fire-Water: The Spirit of Renaissance Spain, The Service of Venus and Mars, Chansons De Trouvères, Arie e Lamenti / Madrigali Guerrieri et Amorosi, Altre Follie, Lute Songs

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Marquise 1997 musician: harp



La Celestina 1996 performer: "Fantasies pavanes & gallardes: Gallarda 6 y Fantasía 1" - as A. Lawrence-King



Mare Nostrum: A Concert, a Journey 2015 Documentary completed
Oddzwiek 2009 Documentary short Himself

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