Early Music Guide

Early Music is music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and Early Classical periods (roughly 1200 to 1800). The musicians perform on period instruments and strive to reflect the stylistic practice of the time the music was written. This means that trumpets don’t have valves, strings are usually made out of gut, and sometimes the performers need to improvise.

It’s a different kind of classical music experience. Most of the time, the musicians don’t need a conductor. The concerts are intimate, and the ensembles are small enough that anyone can become musically acquainted with each performer just by listening closely. After several concerts, you might become familiar with rare and strange instruments and discover your fandom of obscure geniuses from centuries ago.

We invite you to explore the past with us, and in so doing, gain some insight into the world which inspires the performers and performances on our series.


The Eras of Early Music:

The Medieval period

The Renaissance period

The Baroque period

Famous Composers from before 1750:

Claudio Monteverdi

Henry Purcell

Jean Baptiste Lully

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger

Dietrich Buxtehude

Antonio Vivaldi

G. F. Handel

J. S. Bach

Featured Composers

These are composers who are less well known in the present day, but still wrote some incredible music that will be featured in an upcoming Chatham Baroque or Renaissance and Baroque performance:

Antonio Bertali

H.I.F. Biber

William Lawes