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The Boston Camerata is an ensemble of vocalists and instrumentalists specializing in the performance of music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and early Baroque eras. This title features some works written in Latin for church services and others in the vernacular that are accompanied songs with dance rhythms and folk melodies. Much of the music is a cappella, but there is ample accompaniment on recorder, lute, viols, sackbut and other assorted soft Renaissance instruments. The contrasting vocal colors and instrumental textures weave a brilliant aural tapestry of Christmas enjoyment.


Formed: 1954 in Boston, MA

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

The Boston Camerata is one of the oldest early music ensembles in the United States. It is known for the innovative programming of its director, Joel Cohen, and for taking on various eras and styles of music in an effort to discover links among them. The Boston Camerata was founded in 1954 as an organization associated with the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. It began a new direction after the appointment of Joel Cohen as its director in 1968, the same year it made its first commercial recording. Cohen...
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