The oriental in early music

With a Hitchcock film as his starting point, Edward Breen explores the fruitful border between early music and ethnomusicology and selects a colourful array of recordings to explore 

(Gramophone, May 2014)

In Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘The Lady vanishes’ (1938) two seemingly innocent representations of Balkan music intersect, or should I say interrupt, each other. Miss Froy is listening to a folk singer busking below the window in his light, Gilbert-and-Sulivan-esque baritone voice when she is interrupted by sounds of dancing from an upstairs room. It turns out to be a passionate young musicologist, Gilbert, trying to notate a folk dance as performed to the tune of his clarinet in his room by three peasants in traditional costume.

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