Join Macbeth musicians Dan Meyers and Webb Wiggins for a whirlwind introduction to the instruments and musical styles of Renaissance and Baroque Europe, and a glimpse into how 21st-century musicians approach the music of earlier eras.
Folger Theatre’s production of Macbeth features music by John Eccles and other composers. The musicians in the show take a special approach to presenting this music that's often called "historically informed performance", drawing on their knowledge of the instruments and musical styles that were popular in Restoration England in order to help immerse the audience in the world of Davenant's play. But what does "historically-informed performance" really mean, and why is it about more than just playing old instruments?
This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanties, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.